JAMAIKA is a photography documentary book that tells the story of an often racialised and marginalised community of around 700 people - Bairro da Jamaica, located in Seixal, Portugal – and their fight for dignified housing.
135 copies were already pre sold.
First edition of 500 copies.
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JAMAIKA not only follows the struggle and the battles this neighbourhood had to overcome, but it also celebrates the love and happiness that flourished within this community with a history that goes back 40 years. It tells their story and documents their move to better housing.
This book tries to be a visual memory of Jamaica neighbourhood, while also representing many other racialised communities living in similar housing conditions around Lisbon, Portugal. These are communities and lives that are mostly forgotten by the Portuguese governments and by the local authorities and regularly segregated and stigmatised by society. In this case, the families from Bairro da Jamaica had often been marginalised by the local authorities, such as the local city council and the local police force.
Through my photography and my storytelling approach, I hope you will see a book that values and dignifies the lives of these families, individually, and ofBairro da Jamaica as whole.
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Please Note: The following photographs represent part of the layout of the book and show other pictures that will be in the book. However, this is not the sequence of the visual narrative in the book, they are only examples.