Urban Quilombo is a testimony of a place that no longer exists. Between 2009 and 2011, Sebastian Liste documented the community of Barreto, an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. From 2003, dozens of families occupied the factory and transformed it into a home. Until then, these families lived in the dangerous streets of the city. Tired of the violence and despair, they came together to seize the deserted factory. They created a microcosm in which the problems of drugs, prostitution and violence could be tackled with the support of the community. In March 2011, the government evicted the families from the factory, in one of many attempts to clean up the visible poverty in the centre of Brazil’s cities.
Sebastian Liste was born in Spain in 1985. He is a sociologist and photographer currently working in many aspects of the contemporary life in Latin America and the Mediterranean Sea area, regions where he grew up and knows well. He is focused to develop long-term projects mixing his sociological knowledges with his visual skills to explore personal and intimate stories. His works fluctuates between documenting daily life in struggling communities to that of his own family. In 2010 while he was atending the university he got the Ian Parry Scholarship in the UK and was named the Young Editorial Photographer of the Year at the Lucie Awards in New york for his long term project “Urban Quilombo”. Since then his work have been published, exhibited and recognized widely around the world. In 2011 he attended the 18th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amterdam. In 2012 Sebastian received a grant from the Magnum Foundation and a Getty Grant from Editorial Photography to continue developing his projects. Sebastian Liste is represented by Reportage by Getty Images.
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