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LOOK INTO MY EYES

A PARTNERSHIP WITH HOUSING MATTERS

This project was a collaboration between Housing Matters, ARK Photography, the Museum of Art History and artist-in-residence Abi Mustapha. These photos were used as reference for original portrait art rendered by local artists and publicly displayed for our First Friday 'pop up' show in Santa Cruz, CA. 

"As the photographer for this project, my intention was to capture an honest portrayal of each participants' journey and to humanize the topic of homelessness. What touched my heart the most was how held and cared for each participant felt by the process. What often emerged was an authentic sense of dignity and personal triumph, contrasted by deep concern for those still on the street. Artistically, I am drawn to raw emotion and real stories. This often takes me into communities that have been neglected by our society; In the United States, you don’t have to go far. I hope this installation leads people to question the larger cultural constructs that lead to homelessness and be present with the feelings that arise."

 

~ Abram R. Katz
 

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