This project is a testimony of a place that no longer exists.
Eight years ago, 60 families occupied the "Galpao da Araujo Barreto," an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Prior to setting up in this place, these families lived on the city's dangerous streets.
Since 2009, I have been documenting the factory. From my studies in sociology, I understood that this was a unique community: Here was a large sub-culture within the city that behaved as one extended family. They built a microcosm in which the problems of drugs, prostitution and violence are tackled with the support of the community.
Sebastian Liste, 26, is a photographer currently living between Brazil and Spain. He is focused in developing long-term projects that mix his unique visual approach with his background in sociology to explore personal and intimate stories. Sebastian is currently selected to participate in the 2011 Joop Swart Masterclass from World Press Photo. You can find more of his work on his website and on FotoVisura.
100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Curated by Graham Letorney