13.RAW - Photographic Narrative Exhibition Reflecting Lives of the Homeless in Dublin 

June 25th - July 1st| Filmbase Gallery|Curved St.| Temple Bar| Open Programme of PhotoIreland Festival 2012 Mon-Friday 9.30 - 17.30, Sat 10.00 - 17.00

The series of black & white photographs is inspired by the 13 phrases for living by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. These are simple thoughts which people tend to forget, which make us happy and, which unite people from all social backgrounds.

In 13.raw, these phrases are embodied by simple and realistic portraits of homeless people of various ages and backgrounds. The phrases mirror poignant stories from their lives and offer a window into their unique personalities.

The project was conducted in Depaul Ireland - a cross border charity which offers people who are homeless and disadvantaged the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move forward towards an independent and positive future. The richness of this project lies in its collaborative nature. Over 3 months group and individual discussions about ‘Positive Living - Positive Thinking’ were organised across Depaul Ireland’s services in Dublin. The project participants discussed the phrases and tried to find reflections in their lives. This encouraged positive thinking, self-awareness and boosted their self-confidence. The approach allowed us produce artwork and accompanying stories which reflect the reality and hopefulness that encompasses the homeless experience.