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José Sarmento Matos: Jamaika (signed)

José Sarmento Matos: Jamaika (signed)

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The book JAMAIKA follows part of the story of Bairro da Jamaica - a community in Seixal, made up of around 700 inhabitants, often racialised and marginalised -, in its fight for the right to decent housing.


This documentary work, developed over three years, portrays the life of this community made up of immigrants from former Portuguese colonies - Angola, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe - and Portuguese people of African descent.


Between 2022 and 2023, around 98% of the Jamaica neighbourhood was demolished. The families that lived there were relocated to decent housing, but their community prevails beyond Vale de Chicaros the place that has been home to so many since the mid-1980s. The book not only captures life in the neighbourhood; the relocation of some families as well as the demolition of buildings.


JAMAIKA aims to act as an intimate visual memory of Bairro da Jamaica, also representing many other racialized communities and others living in similar housing conditions in the metropolitan area of Lisbon and Porto. Many of these families continue to suffer daily stigmatisation based on their ethnicity, marginalisation by city councils and harassment by the police.

Title: Jamaika
Publisher: Self Published, 2024
Photographer: José Sarmento Matos
Editors: José Sarmento Matos, Mário Cruz/Narrativa
Authors: José Sarmento Matos, Ana Rita Alves, song lyrics Kid Robinn
Graphic Design: Teresa Sarmento Matos
Format: Hardcover
Size: 17 x 22.5 cm
Edition: 500 copies
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