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Curating the homeless

May 23 2009
The ‘Homeless in the Capital‘ exhibition will describe the life of clients of The Connection at St Martin‘s day centre The Museum of London is kicking off a free exhibition portraying the daily life of a group of homeless people in London through their own accounts. The 'Homeless in the Capital' exhibition brings together diaries, videos, artwork and poetry describing the life of clients of The Connection at St Martin's day centre. Users of The Connection have recorded their experiences over an 18-month period. The display, according to the Museum, "looks beyond the stereotypes and statistics to show that homeless people are not one homogeneous group, but individuals from all walks of life." Dawn Ogunbiyi, who coordinated the exhibition on behalf of the hostel, said: "The reasons people become homeless are extremely varied, and working on this project continually reinforced to me how easily this can happen to anyone." Among the stories featured in the exhibition is Celeste Braithwaite's. She attended weekly singing workshops run by music charity Streetwise Opera at The Connection, then starred in a Streetwise Opera production at the Almeida Theatre. Other clients of The Connection who have been given the opportunity to tell their stories are Paul Boston, who sleeps rough while working in a bar at night, and Samson Mel, a former Air Force pilot. The Museum said these stories "go some way to break the stereotypical view of homelessness." The exhibition at the museum, situated on the London Wall, runs until 22nd February 2009. The Museum of London is focused on the history of the capital. Among the items on display is the European Parliament's written pledge, announced this year, to end street homelessness by 2015.