When searching for visual representations of homelessness, what comes back often conforms to a particularly narrow stereotype: the lone individual, living on the streets, dirty, hungry, vulnerable, desperate. It’s a powerful and compelling image... but what do those with experience of homelessness think of these images and how they are used? How do they want to be represented? What about the experiences of women, young people and children living with homelessness, as well as others that are often visually absent?
The Cathedral Archer Project and Bank Street Arts, are hosting this symposium, and aim to ask the critical questions raised by mainstream visual representations of homelessness by drawing on the work of Mark Harvey, Photographer in Residence at Bank Street Arts. Over the last four years, Mark’s work has been dedicated to understanding the layered complexities of homelessness and challenging the visual narratives that often accompany it. He has also overseen projects that have put cameras into the hands of the people behind the photographs, giving them at least some scope to document their own experiences and offer new representations of homelessness.
For one afternoon only, the symposium will host Street View, an exhibition featuring photographs taken by people with lived experiences of homelessness, and Baggage, one of Mark’s recent projects, produced in collaboration with individuals using the Cathedral Archer Project. Mark will then lead seminar sessions around the subject of visual representation of homelessness and share examples of his work, alongside his current thinking around the critical questions raised during the residency. There’ll also be an opportunity for attendees to meet some of the photographers responsible for the images in Street View.
Tim Renshaw, CEO of The Cathedral Archer Project in Sheffield will facilitate a seminar exploring the impact of Mark’s work, not only within the centre, but in helping to develop professional practice within the area of charitable marketing and publicity.
This event is free to attend, however we're expecting places to go quickly. Please book a ticket to help us know who's attending.
Following the symposium, Bank Street Arts will display Mark’s current exhibition, Bed in a Box.
The exhibition will be open from 27th February – 11th March 2017.