Very happy to have been invited to work as videographer this morning for photographer friend Ray Hegarty at the launch of his project, 'Object Poverty', which officially opened this morning on Amiens Street, Dublin 1.
'Object Poverty’ is a socially engaged art project by the SAOL Project in solidarity and support of the ‘October 17’ UN International Day for the Poverty Eradication Initiative. President Michael O'Higgins had the opportunity to view the work on that day.
The work was informed and inspired by a research questionnaire that asked participants a simple question, In your opinion what object(s) represent poverty? The survey was completed by different strata of society including the legal profession, medical profession, service users, homeless services, NGOs, addiction services, youth services and probation services.
Some of the images contain artefacts directly connected to peoples’ stories and experience of poverty, while others are a general representation of the most popular answers.
The people were met at Saol were as warm as the tea, coffee and scones I received on a rather cold morning, with the work now displayed outside in a public space, offering an opportunity for much thought and reflection.
For more information please log on to: www.saolproject.ie