Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dum Spiro Spero

An exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art.
This photography installation offers a way to learn about homelessness in Columbia through the eyes of people who live it daily. Entitled, "While I Breathe I hope" (Dum Spiro Spero): Columbia's homeless share their stories through words and images, this installation is a unique collaboration between the homeless, the USC Department of Psychology, Midlands Interfaith Homeless Action Council, the Central Carolina Community Foundation, and the Columbia Museum of Art.

Homeless individuals used cameras to document their daily experiences living as homeless people in Columbia. The installation features 35 photographs (by 16 artists) grouped in 10 thematic categories, including legal challenges, making money, and types of shelter used for survival.

The exhibit uses a method called Photovoice to promote community dialogue about issues from different perspectives. In particular, it seeks to engage community members in learning from people whose perspectives are often overlooked, in this case, people who are homeless. Photovoice combines photography with consciousness raising that can inform social action.
Def. worth checking out if I make it back to SC this summer.

1 comment:

St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

We're going this Friday, in conjunction with a concert of Irish Music, also at the CMA. We'll let you know what we think.