A photographic and multimedia documentary project by Paulo Siqueira & Nadia Shira Cohen
In Florida, one can literally see the degradation of capitalism as the postcard sunset scenes of a recent past have begun to fade away and a new aesthetic replaces the old. Streets which were once lined with car dealerships and mom & pop shops are now vacant and unkempt. Ironically, one of the hardest hit areas of the country can be found in the counties surrounding Disney World, the historic American theme park, a place where every child’s “Dreams come true.” Yet for almost 70,000 school kids in Florida their dreams are just to have some stability and perhaps a quiet place to study as they have no home. On one strip of highway alone just steps from Disney World it’s estimated that 500 families are living in motels originally built to support tourism. It’s a precarious existence, with payments expected on a daily to weekly basis, and little tolerance for tardiness. Children such as the Cruz’s often sustain themselves with junk food as cooking meals is difficult in the small spaces, with no kitchen. Privacy is also scarce as they share single beds with each other.