My name is Oksana. I'm photographer and author of the project 13.raw. This is series of black&white photographs inspired by the “13 phrases of living” by Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Markes. These are simple thoughts which people tend to forget, which make us happy and which unite people from all social backgrounds.
In 13.raw these phrases are embodied by simple and realistic portraits of homeless people of various ages and backgrounds. The phrases mirror poignant stories from their lives and offer a window into their unique personalities.
The richness of this project lies in its collaborative nature. The project was conducted in services for homeless and disadvantaged people in Dublin. Over 3 months group and individual discussions about ‘Positive Living’ were held across the services. The project participants discussed the phrases and tried to find reflections in their lives. This encouraged positive thinking, self-awareness and boosted their self-confidence.
Such approach allowed to produce artwork and accompanying stories which reflect the reality and hopefulness that encompasses the homeless experience.
The photos will be exhibited in Filmbase Gallery from June 25 to July 1 as part of PhotoIreland festival. Currently I am collecting funds for printing, promotion, gallery rent and festival fee.
Thank you for the attention to 13.raw. I'm looking forward to see on the exhibition.