Putting myself in the shoes of a homeless person
This project started with my interest and the uncertainty of what a homeless person experience in their daily lives. Which difficulties do they have to overcome and in which way do they do it?
One specific person caught my attention and was a homeless man called as “The crazy bag”. His way of dressing using plastic bags earned him his nickname. His way of transforming his unique resource in a way to survive a day in, day out, made me reflect on how creative can we be, as human beings, when we lack the most basic.
By performing this urban intervention I wanted to put myself in his shoes for a moment. I could feel from first-hand the avoidant looks on the streets, I saw how people crossed the street when I was getting closer, I experienced how my word lost value and credibility, and when someone finally came to me, it was just to ask me to get out of the place because “I gave a negative impression”.
The aim of this project was to exalt people to look around them and to give visibility to the “empty spaces” that homeless people often represent in our society. There is too much to learn from people who live in need, but still too much to do to make of this a more equitable society.
In honor of the real "crazy bag" from the Breña district.
Year / 2009