British Columbia, Canada
Through the Eyes of
Children combines the creative perspectives of ten
homeless children and one artist/outreach worker.
The Burnside Gorge Community Association Homeless
Families Outreach Project aims to help homeless
families find safe and affordable housing. In
2003, in the Victoria Capital Region, the Outreach
Workers saw 229 families and their 389 children.
We asked some of these children to take photos of
things that represent their experiences with
homelessness or being at risk of homelessness. The
result is a powerful message about the raw reality
of the lives of homeless children and their
families in Greater Victoria.
Rusted T-posts and sculpted wire mesh form the
body of the display, which holds thirty-six
photographs taken by the children and printed by
the artist. Bare metal buckets unrelieved of their
price tags provide the foundation for the
free-standing piece and convey the relentless and
inextricable relationship these children and
families have with money and their challenges of
coping with the housing situation in our city. The
children's messages of isolation, searching for
roots and uncertain futures cannot help but tear
the blinders from our privileged, housed eyes.