“I Have a Name” art exhibit on homelessness at Hotel Congress

The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation is in full support of The I Have a Name Project Exhibit (press release)
Ihaveaname
Tucson, AZ-
Give us your eyes and we’ll change how you see. The I Have a Name Project unveils its exhibit of powerful imagery chronically the Homeless at a reception on  October 11th in Tucson, AZ, from 7 to 9 p.m.  The Project’s enduring mission aspires to  create greater understanding for those that call the street home.The I Have Name Project will showcase its photography at the historic Hotel Congress.  This Exhibition will honor the memory of Carlos G Figueroa, a local homeless man that murdered on the streets of Tucson in 2003.  The exhibition opened on September 29 and continues through mid-November.

In 2007, Jon Linton began gathering imagery to document the homeless on the
streets of Phoenix and had volunteered both time and resources to a local
shelter to better understand the plight of the un-homed.  He not only captured
the pain, but also the stories behind each person, who by the way, have a name.“One of the most poignant moments of this project came at the Project’s
inception. I asked the first man I had a conversation with his name, his reply
put us both in tears, ‘You have no idea how long it has been since someone has
cared to ask me who I am ’, he said.  The project became ‘I Have a Name’ in that
instant, said Jon Linton, photographer, creator and founder of IHAN.
Location of The Hotel Congress is 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ. For additional
information on the THE I HAVE A NAME PROJECT, see their FB page:https://www.facebook.com/THEIHAVEANAMEPROJECT

Contact info:

Ron Austin,

520-909-6913

chakazuluu@gmail.com

Carolyn’s note: I dropped by to see this exhibit at the Hotel Congress lobby.  There are 6 large B/W poster size photos and 3 smaller ones, of mostly homeless men. Statistics on the wall accompanying these photos say that there are 37,000 homeless deaths on the streets every year, of the 1,750,000 homeless in the U.S.  22% of homeless women cite D.V. (domestic violence) as the reason for their situation, and 40% are homeless vets, 39% are 18 years and under.  Lack of affordable housing is the #1 cause of homelessness over the last 25 years.

Stop by to see this exhibit on Saturday at the reception, while at 2nd Saturday Downtown.

 

One response to ““I Have a Name” art exhibit on homelessness at Hotel Congress

  1. Dropped by to see these stark photos again of a grim reality for homeless people, in the Hotel Congress lobby. Jon McLane, Ron Austin and Anthony Potter there, reminding people about the Regional Forum on Homelessness on Oct. 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. at 939 S. 10th Avenue. See our Calendar for more details/schedule.