Organized with York Region Alliance to End Homelessness
Don't miss this powerful and important exhibition of photographs by those who are homeless in York Region.
You can see their so-called shelters in poignant photographs taken by around 25 of the region's homeless at The Latcham Gallery's current exhibition Hidden in Plain Sight: Living Homeless in York Region on display until February 13.
Visitors to the Gallery since this exhibition opened on January 9 have been amazed by the power of these images. The photographs have opened eyes, sparked conversations, disturbed emotions and caused people to want to help. The exhibition includes a response corner where visitors are invited to leave their responses on a board. Contributions have included:
"A friend of my Dad’s was a successful IT Professional – had some issues with his taxes – ended up living in the back of his car. He had lost everything and was too ashamed to ask for help."
"I have been homeless since Jan. 9/09…I can’t even get a library card…By the Way, this is not living it's Existing – think about that. I’m in a Garage. No heat. No Hydro. No Water."
The Hidden in Plain Sight project was organized in conjunction with the York Region Alliance to End Homelessness and The Krasman Centre. In presenting these photographs we hope that having a glimpse into how the homeless live, or barely survive, will inspire collective action for change. It is a way to give a voice to those whose voices we normally do not hear. It is a way to see what too often remains hidden in our own community.