Homeless Bill of Rights
Installation | Social Design | Editorial Design
Homeless bill of rights, legislated on June 21st, 2012, is a law that fulfills the protection fo rights of people who are experiencing homelessness and that prevents any discrimination against them. Among three states that have gone through this law, Rhode Island is the very first state to affirm rights of homeless people.
However, regardless of enormous effort that many organization like Rhode Islans Coalition for the Homeless have made, the law does not seem to have a great impact on status of homelessness. The discriminations and unfair treatments have continued despite the law. Homeless people have the same rights as non-homeless people do; thus, the pointless discriminations and ignorant oppressions should not continue in the future.
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Team: Yeojin Kwon
Instructor: Jacek Mrowczyk
The core idea of the project is to change a 'space' into a 'place'. The poster that indicated the law, word to word, creates a space into an environment where people experience the place differently as they literally ‘read’ the law. Especially, homeless people, the main target of the law, experience the space in a different way that they are protected under the exact words of the law written on the poster. The poster is folded into half and posted on the corner of the wall and the sidewalk in order to indicate the area where homeless people usually stay in public areas. Each half of the poster is proportionate to the US legs paper size to signify the form of the law.
Furthermore, a smaller poster is placed behind the big poster, saying that although the law has been legalized in 2012, discriminations against homeless people are still continuing. The act of taking down the first poster connects to the act of forcing homeless people to leave; therefore, the juxtaposition leaves with the message of ongoing discriminations.
– The act of removing the poster
Reflects to the act of kicking homeless people off the streets so that whoever, mainly police officers, removes this poster would encounter with this additional poster which sats harassments are still happening regardless of the law.
Two films of ourselves installing the poster while the audio plays our interviews to strangers about the law and audio clip of interfering with the police.
– A documentation book
Proportionate to the actual poster in which page is proportionate to legal paper size. This book is bound to be open to 90 degrees max, imitating out poster that is placed on the corners of walls and ground. It includes photos of the poster around the areas where homeless people are seen and photos of the installation and deinstallation in a chronological order.
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