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Signs for the Homeless




Amerikaanse kunstenaars Christopher Hope en Kenji Nakayama plukken zwervers van de straten en pleinen van Cambridge, Massachusetts en vervangen hun oude kartonnen borden in schitterende, hoogglans shiny platen. De tekst blijft onveranderd: 'Homeless, hungry, anything helps, clean and sober, God bless'. Hope en Nakayama ontwierpen een website waarop is te volgen welke borden zij reeds maakten om het straatbeeld te verfraaien en welke zwervers er al geholpen zijn in de stad. De kunstenaars nemen korte interviews af met de zwervers, om inzicht te geven in hun bestaan en het ontstaan daarvan. 


Name: Angela Douyon-Previlon

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Boston, MA.

What was it like growing up?
It was very hard growing up in poverty in Boston. I have three siblings on my mother’s side and twenty five siblings on my father’s side. I was in the care of my family until I was nine and then I was put into social services until I was twenty-one. I stayed in a group home until I was fifth-teen and then bounced from family to family until I was twenty-two.

How long have you been homeless?
Four years.

How did you become homeless?
I just got tired of living under other people’s rules. I was staying with my sister. However, my sister was very abusive and stabbed me in the head during a fight. Obviously, I could not stay with her so I am now on the street.

What is your biggest struggle being homeless?
Being depressed. I do not like this lifestyle. I try to stay positive because you could be depressed living in the streets.




Name: Dana Robinson

Age: 45

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Jamaica Plains, MA.

What was it like growing up?
I came from a middle class family. My family was very religious (Baptist Christians) so the Church played an important part part in my upbringing. I was real good in playing sports, especially basketball. As a child I remember wanting to be a professional basketball player.

How long have you been homeless?
Three years.

How did you become homeless?
I was arrested. I was never convicted of a crime, only arrested for it. However, it is on my CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information). My CORI is playing a big role in me being denied a job and housing. I am currently being denied housing based on my conviction record and am appealing this decision to get housing. I do not want to be out in the streets.

How do you get through the cold winters?
Friends & family members. I often “couch surf” from one place to another.

What is your biggest struggle being homeless?
Trying to knock down doors of employment and housing. Employers and landlords look at your CORI and deny you access without considering the fact you are trying to change your life for the better. I was never convicted but because I was arrested I can not get a good job. More and more it feels like I can’t escape my past.




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