It took a few attempts to get into the gallery as it always seemed to be closed but visiting it today was definitely worth the wait. As part of the Diffusion photography festival the gallery was showing Sebastian Liste’s Urban Quilombo.
Urban Quilombo documents life inside Barreto, the occupied chocolate factory that became home to an entire community. Liste tells their story in a mythical, almost magical, visual narrative. A town within a town, Barreto was a poor society, but one that also gave meaning and a sense of control to its inhabitants. It provided strength and courage for seeking new ways of surviving within the urban environment. Often counter-cultural and rebellious, the system of values and relationships of Barreto developed until the eviction of its occupiers in 2011. Now, they’ve been moved to the extra-radius, and Barreto has been cleaned to make way for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.