Living on the Outside: A Photo Exhibit Using Art in the Struggle for Social Justice

By Jessica Hein and Carol Kauppi.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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This article explores how the photovoice method can be used to study a neglected theme in the field of art and visual culture: substandard housing or the lack of housing. The project drew upon photovoice methods to engage in a form of collaborative artistic practice with people experiencing homelessness and substandard housing. An exhibition of the photographs and narratives of 13 participants living in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada was shown at a local gallery. We address issues of representation in the photovoice project by considering the responses of local residents and street people to the images and narratives included in the exhibit. We discuss how collaborative photography projects can be used to raise awareness about the living circumstances of homeless people. Exhibitions showing images and narratives of disordered housing can be a meaningful strategy for working towards social justice.

Keywords: Photovoice, Homelessness, Substandard Housing, Community Arts Project, Community Action

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, December 2014, pp.31-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 2, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 776.416KB)).

Jessica Hein

MFA Graduate Student, Visual Studies Department, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Carol Kauppi

Professor, School of Social Work, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada