Celebs pose as homeless for free photo exhibition
11 Sep 2013
Recognise the face? Just one of the images from Kat's photo exhibition in London from 18 September
Stars from Skins, The Borgias, Glee and Waterloo Road have posed as rough sleepers for a new, free photography exhibition by actress Kathryn Prescott, with print profits going to Centrepoint and the Big Issue Foundation.
‘What Makes Us Care?’ is the debut exhibition by 22-year-old Kat, who has starred in Skins, Being Human and other TV shows.
The exhibition, which opens on Wednesday 18 September at the Gallery in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, features 20 famous faces, including former Skins co-star Kaya Scodelario (Effy Stonem), The Borgias lead François Arnaud (Cesare Borgia) and Glee actor Max Adler (Dave Karofsky).
The show hopes to highlight the increase in rough sleepers in the capital. London has seen an increase of 64 per cent in the last two years from 3,917 in 2010/11 to 6,437 in 2012/13. The ‘CHAIN’ figures collected by London’s outreach teams and collated by the charity Broadwa, show that while rough sleeping among all ages is rising in the capital, figures for under-25s have seen the biggest increase – 129 per cent.
Kat said: 'Most people are no longer shocked when they see someone living on the streets. In fact, many people simply walk by without so much as a second thought.
'By using familiar faces looking damaged and destitute, I want to help break down stereotypes about those without homes, so they are seen as people rather than simply part of the scenery of modern life or pests to be ignored.
'These people living on the streets could have been friends you once knew. They are people who have somehow fallen through the gaps and found themselves, often through unimaginable circumstances, on the cusp of existence. In another reality, this could easily be me or you.'
Centrepoint's Head of Funding, John Raynham, urged people to see the exhibition.
He said: 'Too many young people are still exposed to the dangers of rough sleeping, vulnerable to the physical and mental toll it can take. They need our support to leave homelessness behind them.'
Big Issue Foundation Chief executive, Stephen Robertson, added: 'The homeless population is shockingly on the increase. As the street population swells we are all challenged as citizens to not turn away, to ignore and pigeon hole people as "unworthy".
'This exhibition brilliantly asks us to think again and to decide just what makes us care. Do our stereotypes and assumptions about others help us to maintain an unrealistic view of people in the modern world?'
What Makes Us Care?’ is free to view and will be open for one month from Wednesday 18 September 2013. Profits from prints will be sold to support Centrepoint and The Big Issue Foundation. Buy them here.