A personal history book project and installation created in collaboration with five residents of JOE”S PLACE, a transitional shelter for homeless men.

Four artists provided disposable cameras and materials and met with the men once a week for a period of three months, during which time the men created books as tangible expressions of their own histories. During the project, there was a fire in the main shelter building; there were no injuries and the books were safely stored elsewhere. The artists, using the smoke damaged doors, created “portraits” to hold the men’s books and created videotaped interviews to help tell the men’s stories.

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