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Since the early 1990s the urban counterparts of the famous Brazilian MST – a movement that demands land rights for small farmers – have been arguing for adequate living space for the homeless. Thirteen thousand families in Sao Paulo, mostly poor migrants, are by now represented by a dozen organisations. Although the government has taken superficial measures to improve the quality of life in the city – for instance by taking up the cudgels against visual pollution from advertisements – the real problems are not being addressed. We see the consequences in Prestes Maia, the largest squatters' bulwark in the world (now cleared by the authorities), where over 1600 people sought to build a dignified life for themselves in the midst of the decay.
Julio Bittencourt (Brazil, 1980) lived in New York for six years before he returned to Brazil to go to work for the daily Valor Economico as a photographer and assistant photo editor. Since 2006 he has worked independently for such magazines as Geo, Stern, Le Monde and Esquire. His photo book, In a window of Prestes Maia 911 Building, about the Sao Paulo squat, appeared in 2008.
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