Making homelessness visible

Two projects set out to raise visibility of homelessness -- the first by making a homeless man invisible. In Düsseldorf during Christmas, a man named Lutz hawks copies of FiftyFifty, a paper made by homeless people, while projected him on him is video of the scene behind him. The message (as a cardboard placard in front of him says): "Don't ignore me."

The placards visible in a project for the Weingart Homeless Center in Los Angles reads, "Before you look away, put yourself in my place." A photographer shot some of the city's 70,000 homeless "in the places they call home," and then printed the images out as life-sized cardboard cutouts with the faces removed. These cut-outs were placed in upscale shopping districts in Beverly Hills.

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