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Portraits of a changing economy

Preserving memories and stories that are fleeting in times of economic change in one of the fastest-growing cities in America: Austin, Texas.

Moving on, moving out.

Last April, while I was doing my research for a mini documentary project for a Magnum workshop I was attending, I found out about the Cactus Rose Community in the Montópolis area here in Austin. Cactus Rose is a trailer park that is in the verge of dissapearing because of gentrification. The land is being sold in order to build apartments and the current inhabitants need to relocate by the end of 2016. However, this relocation process is not that easy, since the trailers are too old to be accepted somewhere else. This means that they need to look for a new trailer or house in an affordable area, which is every time more scarce in Austin. Their lives are about to change dramatically and it was not their choice.Susana Almanza, the director of PODER (Prople Organized in the Defense of Earth and her Resources) and Saul Madero, the current representative of the Cactus Rose community, are working tirelessly to get to a negotiation with the city of Austin in order to obtain new trailers and a place to relocate.

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I visited the community for a week and had the chance to talk and share with many of its inhabitants. They were very friendly and open the doors of their homes to me. These photographs intent to preserve a pice of their lives the way they are now, before the big change.

 

 

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