As the Health Centre developed ideas for celebrating our 20 year history of offering services to London, we looked for ways to raise awareness not only of us as an organization, but of the challenges faced by the clients that we work with on a daily basis. “SeeMe” was inspired by the work of Toronto artist Dan Bergeron (www.fauxreel.ca) who has created subversive, photo-based street works for nearly a decade. His work focuses on documenting people that are rarely featured in the mass media.
London InterCommunity Health Centre serves a broad range of individuals who face barriers to accessing health care. Some of these are due to homelessness, poverty, the languages they speak, or the complexity of health issues they face. Our clients are also people with incredible strength and resiliency. “SeeMe” is intended to share with you their challenges and their strengths.
“See Me” features 6 pictures of clients of the Health Centre who volunteered to share some of themselves through pictures. In each picture our client is holding a sign. On the sign are statements made by our clients that reflect either something about our services, or something that they would like you to know about them. We hope that seeing these pictures will inspire you and help see beyond the stereotypes of people who are homeless, people who are newcomers to our country, young people, new moms or seniors.
The images were shot by local photographer Rachel Lincoln. Graphic design services by Seed. Production by WHY Design. I am truly grateful for the participation of Eva, Maria, Mario, Jose, Oscar, John, Joe and Asunta. We couldn’t have done this without you.
The project has been received with open arms by non profit and corporate partners across the City. Our heartfelt thanks to the following for hosting one or more pieces of the exhibit between May and August, 2010:
- London International Airport
- Western Fair Sports Centre
- King’s University College
- University Community Centre, University of Western Ontario
- London Public Library, Central Branch
- Trisan One, London Corporate Centre (launch hosts)
- Museum London
- Starbucks (4 locations – Dundas and Richmond, Hyde Park and Fanshawe, Southdale and Wonderland, Wellington and Commissioners)
Visit our Gallery to see SeeMe images displayed across the City.