Santos Lima

In 2019 Lisbon was voted as the best European destination for the third year in a row. Droves of tourists from all over the world are flocking to Portugal’s capital to enjoy its heritage, food and unique character. Home to little over 500 thousand people, Portugal’s capital was visited by twelve times as many tourists last year.
If we look at the economic stats, it looks like tourism was the solution to Portugal’s economic crisis. However, there is a dark side that many which visit the city are unaware of.
In the last 6 years, thousands of families have been evicted from their homes all over the city. The situation is more problematic in Lisbon's iconic neighbourhoods of Alfama and Mouraria, however, this happens all over the city, not only in the center. 
In the former industrial hub of Marvila, the property prices have gone up 80% in the last year.  In 2017, The Santos Lima building was sold for 2.4 million euros and put up for sale a few months after for triple as much. For investors, it was a great bargain. This “abandoned” building, as it was advertised, could easily become a hotel, a much needed service in this rapidly gentrifying and hip neighborhood. The only problem was that it was in fact home to 16 families, some of which had lived there, and paid rent, for over a a century.  Since then, these men and women have been bullied and menaced in an attempt  to force them to leave their homes. 

Lisbon is the European city with the largest number of tourists per capita and of Airbnb's per capita, that are making life much harder for the working poor living in the Portuguese capital.  

This work is part of my ongoing long term project "New Lisbon" that aims to create an historic document of the changes affecting the Portuguese capital, by documenting it's housing crisis and shifting traditions.