See you at home Installation
This photograph was taken at the beginning of this project and is located on the corner of the Oxford Road Train Station. This image, "see you at home" shows the irony of the homeless situation in Manchester and due its circumstances, it has played a vital roll throughout the project.
It was here where I met a man called Clive, a homeless artist who has been sleeping and painting in the above doorway for the past year. Clive has been homeless for eight years and took up painting to take his mind off things and the life he is living. He sees painting as a coping method, as it keeps him busy and as well as a way of making money.
He told me stories of times he has been robbed when he was sleeping, waking up to with other peoples hands in his pockets steeling his money. Sometimes members of the public buy a his paintings for £150-300 but then he can't sleep at night because he's worried of being robbed. When Clive does sell a painting, he can't keep the money safe in a bank account, because to get a bank account he needs an address.
I kept coming back to see Clive throughout the project but one evening he was in the process of being evicted. The landlord wanted to start renovating the property so the council came to move him on. Fortunately for Clive the council found him sheltered accommodation at Woodward Court in Ancoats so he was waiting for a friend to come and help him with his belongings. During the time I was speaking to him a man turned up form the council and tried to load his belongings onto the back of a van and take them to the dump. Clive was having none of it but luckily, his friend was just around the corner and they could get on their way. I personally felt that the council were out of order and were being overly forceful. Clive was delighted to be leaving the streets and having his own accommodation. After all, he has been waiting for it for eight years.
A couple of days later I returned to find that the doorway had been boarded up, which gave me the idea of using the street as a gallery. I decided to measure the doorway and create a print that would fit perfectly on the board. My idea was to lay it out so it looked like a Polaroid / Instagram
Here is my image in-situ.