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Index – The Big Picture – Our Streets, Our Stories

Index – The Big Picture – Our Streets, Our Stories

The majority of society has a favorite place in cities: a bench, a perfect view in the park. But how do those who literally call these places home see the city?

The main goal of the “Picture It” project, created with the support of the Visegrad International Fund, is to reduce prejudice and intolerance towards homeless people and those living in housing poverty, and is a means of raising awareness and sensitization in order to increase the social inclusion of homeless people. The basic principle of the initiative is that other groups in the community can gain direct and real experiences from the homeless themselves. People who have experienced homelessness can show their less visible side, vision, and art to key community members, thus aiding in social integration and reintegration.

Organizers distributed 75 disposable cameras to 53 homeless people in the capitals of Visegrad countries. The Shelter Foundation collaborated with three partner organizations, the Slovak Divadlo bez domova, the Czech Nadeje, and the Polish Teatr Baza. The received cameras contained approximately 3,000 usable images, from which an 11-member international jury led by Gabriela Suszo selected the 66 images that appear in the album and the 13 images that appear in the 2024 calendar.

An exhibition of the completed images has also been opened, which those interested in Bálint Ház can view until 28 November.