7.30PM FRIDAY 23 MARCH 2018
7.30PM SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2018
6.30PM SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018
6.30PM FRIDAY 18 May 2018
THE HOMELESS PROJECT is an art intervention on Hunter Street Newcastle by internationally recognised performance and installation artist, Hannah Furmage.
Using this unoccupied space of The Old Post Office as a back drop, Furmage highlights the life of Newcastle’s swelling population of homeless people, whose existence is often ignored to maintain a facade of progress, gentrification and ‘revitalisation.’
Working in close collaboration with local homeless people, Furmage brings this community back out of the shadows and puts them front and centre in the public arena again, by projecting videos of the former residence onto this historical and well-known building. The project has been created in collaboration with local homeless people. Furmage has spent time getting to know the homeless community of the Newcastle’s East End, working closely and with the support of The Soul Café.
THE HOMELESS PROJECT embraces the awkwardness, discomfort and tension rather than an unrealistic vision towards harmonious community. Both audience and artist are made complicit in the homeless situation.
Furmage’s work aims to achieve the art of destabilisation, creating a poetic of sabotage through apparently random acts of provocation. She has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Los Angeles, Mexico and Cuba and now currently resides in Newcastle.
This project was made possibly with the support of Soul Cafe and Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council.