The Invisible People
Chronic Homelessness in Saint Paul
Photographic Exploration of Life Without the Stability of Shelter
by Chris LaFontaine
Chronic homelessness in Saint Paul is the focus of this exhibition by Saint Paul photographer and AZ Gallery member Chris LaFontaine. He suggests that homelessness is often used as a pejorative, seen as a reflection of character rather than a state of being. His intention for this show is to bring visibility to local, chronically homeless people and their environments tohumanize this often disparaged aspect of our population.
LaFontaine's view is that we live in a time of sweeping global transformation with many issues calling for deeper examination and true structural change, and that greater awareness may finally be opening around homelessness, bringing clarity to a large social imbalance that deserves greater scrutiny. He adds, "as a photographer, I am grateful to the people who allowed me to photograph them in the course of their daily lives. As a human I question how much longer this form of existence can remain acceptable to society".
"The Invisible People, Chronic Homelessness in Saint Paul" will be on display at AZ Gallery during the month of July. Opening reception is Friday, July 1st from 6-9pm. AZ Gallery is located at 308 Prince St. in the Lowertown area of Saint Paul. Regular gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm.
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