Sunday 20 October 2019

Launch of Homeless exhibition

Maria Pepper

A homeless man featured in a documentary exhibition by the Gorey-based documentary photographer Heather Cody spoke honestly and movingly at the official launch in the local library about the experience of being homeless and the public reaction to homeless people.

The exhibition titled 'Homeless' contains photographs, text and audio interviews with homeless people in the county and is the work of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) graduate Heather who set out to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in our community.

David Heffernan, who is currently homeless, addressed the audience and said many people are only 'a few pay checks away from being homeless'.

He said most of those in attendance would be returning to their homes that night while he and others would be sleeping outdoors in tents.

'People look down their noses at us or look at us as if we are a piece of dirt, but at the end of the day we are just human beings', he said.

The exhibition, which is continuing in Gorey Library for the month of September, was officially launched by Paul Carter, head of Gorey School of Art, and among the attendance was Gorey Municipal District Council chairman Cllr Malcolm Byrne. Heather, a mature student who is currently studying for a master's degree in IADT, described David's words as 'very moving'.

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