London, one of the main cities which is usually discussed in the topic of world economics. Many people travel here from overseas seeking for a better living environment, although with the fast maturing of the economy over the recent years, borrowings of accommodations or getting a permanent job here has been made extremely difficult – and that is, even for the British citizens. Nowadays, it is not even rare to find homeless people in their 20s on the streets of London. As a matter of fact, many homeless people in London actually have careers or academic backgrounds, however they have ended up facing their rigorous situation for various reasons. Because London is a big city full of everything, it is possible for anyone to end up on the streets due to sudden accidents.
This project aims to collect the comments, regarding biases, of the people living in London about homeless people, and the hidden voices of the individuals, in order to understand further about the term ‘homeless’. Furthermore, this project will archive the socially eliminated dignity of the homeless people into the bookshelves in a library.
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Over 100 homeless people participated in this project, and some have mentioned that this archiving of the voices is a marvelous act which the administration can never do for them. On the other hand, the listeners of the stories showed strong interest, saying that these stories should be told beyond the walls of biases. People mentioned their own ideas towards homelessness and social politics as well. Some audiences who have homeless friends or work for homeless information magazines even suggested to participate for further developing this project to a bigger scale.
This project was carried out with the wonderful support of Westminster City Council, Chelsea Library, the Librarians, the Social Workers, Charity Organisations, Cardboard Citizens and HTB Church from May 2016 to June 2016 at Chelsea Library. The project was also featured in the West London communal art festival InTRANSIT – this featuring allowed the voices to reach the ears of the local residents.
Overwhelming scaled subjects such as world politics or social economy underlies the problem of homelessness. Within this situation of where changes are inevitable, I believe that the losing of prejudices to understand the true essence of the subject will be the first step to tackle the big problems.