I Have A Name
By Judith Cross , February 2015
For her Clore Social research, Judith Cross created an exhibition on the root causes of homelessness, 'I Have A Name,' told through the stories of nine individuals.
Studies already exist looking at the cost of homelessness on society. These explore causes, risk factors and triggers. Although some of these studies have focussed on case studies they tend not to look specifically at the root causes of homelessness in individual cases. Judith wanted to gain more of a qualitative perspective of the lives of a cross section of homeless individuals and explore the power of storytelling and demonstrate how useful this can be supporting statistical evidence.
Judith produced a video detailing the stories of four of these individuals. This was featured as part of a photographic exhibition of all nine stories at the Library of Birmingham in November 2014. This ensured the participants' voices would be heard in the same month as the government's annual rough sleepers count.
Watch the I Have A Name Video
Read Judith's reflections on I Have A Name, alongside some excerps from the exhibition.