Look Me In The Eye: Portraits of Homelessness

October 30
December 1, 2019
Carolyn Harper
First Friday: 
Friday, November 1, 2019
5 - 8pm

Harper creates images of people who have been marginalized, discriminated against, or abused. This current work depicts specific Philadelphians; people living in an area homeless shelter or on the streets. The works provide faces to those who are faceless, nameless and powerless, and bear witness to those who are suffering. Most of this work consists of hand sewn, large quilts, often with hand dyed fabric; they provide very large, graphic images that call attention to those forgotten by society. They are visible markers that shout out: 'Look at me! But her practice is not only about documenting - it is also about making connections with people, and she has formed deep personal relationships with many of her subjects. Her hope is that the work will encourage others to do the same.