by Dan Agostini
The process of autonomy is the quest for many transsexual women who live in support houses such as Florescer in São Paulo. Social projects that provide assistance for housing and food enables the possibility of independence for these women to plan their future dreams.
I have been documenting the lives of some of the women who currently live and previously lived in this house in order to understand how Brazil's current economic and health crises have impacted the increasing state of vulnerability that many of them live in. Difficulties with the job market, education, health, housing, food, and social relationships are many of the challenges they encounter during their time living in the house and afterwards as they seek self-determination.
The images in this project present the faces and bodies that carry these stories and record the reality of their daily lives. Paloma is the name of one of these women who told their stories about violence, prostitution, helplessness, imprisonment, dreams, and courage.