A few posts ago I wrote about my experience with photographing the Santa Filomena slum in the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. At that time – 2010, local authorities were planning the total demolition of this problematic neighbourhood and some houses were occasionally knock down when their residents moved to other places, to prevent the occupation of the barracks by new people.
When I was working in West Papua I received the news from Portugal, that Santa Filomena was being demolished. In the first phase of the plan city’s authorities were destroying 18 houses. For those who live in the slum unregistered, no alternative habitation was provided.
Because of this news I’ve decided to continue my work on this story and want to document the demolition process and the life of the slum even deeper. I already have air tickets to Portugal for this December and I hope to find Santa Filomena slum still on the place. Or at least some part of it.