A group of squatters has turned an abandoned building in Central São Paulo into a thriving cultural center.
For about two decades the building at 63 Ouvidor Street remained unused but in May 2014, a group of artists looking for a place to live and create occupied it and turned it into a hub of cultural activities.
Nearly 100 people live across the 13 floors, making art of all kinds.
Despite the serious infrastructure deficiencies, this has become a safe haven for artists.
Some coming from other states of Brazil and also different Latin American countries.
There is an eviction order against them as the state government – the owner of the building – says it’s for sale but the artists are keeping up their resistance and hope to stay.
PHOTO GALLERY: Squatters at Cultural Center facing eviction in São Paulo