Women Without Walls – Photos by Women Who Have Been Homeless
Date: October 5, 2018
Hope Magraff, New Orleans, 2017 Cover of 2017 MyNew Orleans calendar “I was at the Spotted cat and the Iron Horse bus was there. I saw my friend Cinnamon Black on the bus and decided to make that my very first picture. The bus was painted by Henry Lipkis, who also put me in the second line murtal on St. Claude,” says Hope Magraff. Hope was born in Charity Hospital. She grew up in the Marigny neighbourhood on Dauphine and went to McDonogh No. 15 High School. She works at both Spotted Cat locations on Frenchman and on St. Claude. She’s travelled around the US but always comes home to New Orleans. Her philosophy: “Keep it simple; keep it real.”
These photographs are from photography projects in cities around the world.The project is instrumental in connecting with people who are and have recently have been homeless. The first project, MyLondon, was in 2013, when Cafe Art and The Royal Photographic Society distributed 100 one-time-use (“disposable”) cameras to people affected by homelessness in London.
All of these photos were taken by women who have experienced homelessness. With an open theme, they show topics that may or may not focus on their experiences. The images represent what the women love about their cities, their friends and their families, but can also highlight the plight women can find themselves in when they are homeless. Participants have said the process of taking the photos can bring them back to their past before homelessness and remind them of the time they were without a home. They also show insights into a more hopeful future. Most of the photos in this exhibition featured in calendars. The calendars are printed every year to create employment for the participating photographers.
HORVÁTHNÉ PINTÉR Dóra, Budapest, 2016 July in 2017 MyBudapest calendar “On Christmas Day my husband and I received a call saying that we needed to leave our apartment within four hours because the owner had sold the flat. We couldn’t find anywhere to live so we decided to stay at the underground station. After a few months we found places in separate homeless shelters. Luckily we have both found jobs now and also a new apartment. My message for everyone it that it’s possible to stand up again. However, on the day I took this photo I felt there was no escape from my situation. Life felt hopeless. I was walking on the river bank and I decided to take off my shoes and put them next to the shoes of the memorial. That’s the best way I felt. This memorial honours the Jewish victims killed during the Holocaust in World War II. I think it’s one of the strongest memorials in Budapest.”
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