The Old Town Bleeds
Through the gentrification of its Historic Centre, the tourism industry in Salvador da Bahia has standardized the landscape, and its former inhabitants have given way to shops full of souvenirs and emptied of character. The core of the Old Town is now a tiny and colourful theme park, a caricature of its old self, with experiences designed for immediate consumption by the hordes of tourists for whom a single afternoon in Salvador should be enough. Consumption, in fact, has become the keyword here. The ostensible presence of barricades and police along the border of this proto-Disneyland implies that visitors are not welcome to trespass. Obediently enough, they don't. Since 2013 I have been dedicating myself to trespassing. Here is the other side.