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Alex Masi

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Images taken in London

Josh, 26, (left) from North London, is moving parts of a bed frame  to his new room inside the just entered Winningon Road mansion in Hampstead, London, England, while others are cleaning or having some fun. The dream residence, 89 Winnington Road, was former Indonesian President Haji Mohamed Suharto’s top London mansion and was sold in 1999 for UK£ 9.5M when he was being investigated in his home  country in regards to his fortune and extravagant lifestyle.
Million Dollar Squatters is a documentary project in the lives of  a peculiar group of squatters residing in three multi million mansions in one of the classiest residential neighbourhoods of London, Hampstead Garden. The squatters’ enthusiasm, their constant efforts to look after what has become their home, their ingenuity and adventurous spirit have  all inspired me throughout the days and nights spent at their side. Between the fantasy world of exclusive Britain and the reality of squatting  in London, I have been a witness to their unique story.

While more than 100.000 properties in London still lay empty to this day, squatting provides a valid, and lawful alternative to paying Europe’s  most expensive rent prices, as well as offering the challenge of an adventurous lifestyle in the capital.

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