After being abandoned for over 20 years in São Paulo downtown, the J.B. building was taken by almost 3.000 people from 25 different countries and became an illegal occupation.
Controlled by a homeless social-association, the residents were arranged according to sexual orientation, origins or social situation. The lowest floors were designated to the elders and handicapped, as well the highest to the poorest as the arranged rooms were cheaper as the elevators did not work properly. Each floor had its own identity and the residents reflected that, so that’s why we asked them to go to each floor’s halls to be photographed and this way understand a little better this vertical community.
A project made at Gringo Collective in assossiation with Gabi di Bella.