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On June 4th 2015, the dynamic London social action project Accumul8 (www.accumul8.org.uk) will open an exhibition of photography and film made by the homeless residents of the North London YMCA hostel.
At the exhibition, powerful imagery from London’s most vulnerable will be on display at the historic Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End. Tutored by one of the UK art scene’s most exciting visual artists, Othello De’Souza-Hartley, the young homeless people’s work covers themes ranging from personal identity to cutting edge fashion, all using London’s most eye-catching locations as their canvas. A film made by the residents with the help of director Suzanne Cohen will also be showing throughout the exhibition.
The YMCA residents have been studying for a Level 2 award in Photography at one of the UK’s most creative higher education institutions, Ravensbourne College, North Greenwich. Under the leadership of Othello De’Souza-Hartley, residents have been assisted in developing their photography skills by current college students in order to challenge their comfort zones, cross boundaries and meet new people. Ravensbourne student Sylwia Pecio describes the experience as rewarding, explaining “It’s fascinating to watch them develop their self confidence behind the camera and as individuals. The camera gives them power, it gives them control.”
The residents displaying their work in the exhibition come from difficult backgrounds with fractured education, making their Level 2 Photography award, (equivalent to part of a Digital Media GCSE), all the more valuable to them. By learning control and creative expression through photography and film, the residents have developed their self-esteem, blossoming into young creatives with a profound, challenging perspective on modern life in London.
The Accumul8 exhibition will be held at Hornsey Townhall 6th-7th June and 13th-14th June between 12-6pm. A VIP private viewing of the photography will be taking place 4th June, 6-9pm. Prints of individual photos will be available to purchase at the exhibition, all proceeds go directly to residents.
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