ASILO 30 years ago in the small Brazilian town of Caconde, in the state of Sao Paulo, construction on a large home for the elderly (asilo) was started by a local priest to alleviate conditions in the town’s already crowded facility. The structure was abandoned when the priest moved to another town. The mammoth shell sat in its unfinished state until, in 2008, a local family raised money with local businesses to finish the asilo.
The rooms of the asilo still in their untouched state, contain municipal detritus stored by the town – school desks, aging computers, church pews, musical instruments, and coiled Carnival lights. The current residents of the old asilo have their history behind them. The younger town residents go about their daily lives.
These simultaneously occurring stories are the history of a small town.