Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions was first presented in 2014 as part of Assembly, a larger body of work made with over 50 homeless people living in Brighton and Hove, commissioned by Brighton Photo Fringe, exhibited at Phoenix Brighton from 4th to 26th of October 2014. Seeking a way to present research about support and services available to homeless people, Luvera struck up a collaboration with a participant called Gerald Mclaverty. This involved sending email correspondence to council representatives in cities and towns across the UK, written from Gerald’s experience of homelessness, requesting information about services provided in each locality. At the heart of Frequently Asked Questions is a number of questions that enquire about a homeless individual’s right to access to basic living provisions such as shelter, personal safety, health, food, and communication. Throughout 2017 Luvera undertook further research with a new round of enquires sent to 61 local authorities, after a launch event held in April 2017 at Tate Modern with the Museum of Homelessness.

In January 2018, Frequently Asked Questions was presented at Tate Liverpool as a 13-meter wall installation in the Tate Exchange space accompanied by a programme of events, as part of the Museum of Homelessness State of the Nation week. The exhibition invited audiences to contemplate the information and range of responses provided by the local authorities, and to contribute their own questions for further iterations of the project. The work was accompanied by a programme of audience participation and public engagement events, including;

Rough Justice: A public discussion, 23 January 2018: a panel discussion featuring Anthony Luvera; Pauline Hadaway (Liverpool Salon); Julie Fadden (South Liverpool Homes); Dave Clements (Social Policy Forum); Rob Farnos (The Whitechapel Centre); and Ruth Patrick (University of Liverpool).

State of the Nation: Conversations, 26 January 2018: This public event brought together activists and creative practitioners who responded to issues presented in the exhibition through practical workshops, presentations and interactive sessions. Speakers included Anthony Luvera; Tony Mallon; and Greater Manchester Housing Action.

Choir With No Name, 27 January 2018: a public performance by a choir for people affected by homelessness and other adults who may be at risk due to mental health / addiction recovery / or otherwise socially isolated and marginalised.

State of the Nation: Exchanges, 27 and 28 January 2018: Exchanges is a collection of objects and stories from across the UK offering a snapshot of what’s happening in people’s lives and homelessness throughout the UK. Objects have been donated from a wide mix of sources including homelessness workers and volunteers, activists, and people experiencing various forms of homelessness. Seen together, they show the devastating impact that housing, welfare and immigration policies are having on people’s lives. In these performances the different objects and their moving testimonies were shared with the public performed by actors, directed by Tony McBride (Cardboard Citizens). The actors bring the complex and moving stories behind the objects to life, using the words spoken by the donors.

Frequently Asked Questions provides a picture of how services both help and hinder people, and gives insight into the challenges and realities faced by the most marginalised individuals in society as they attempt to access systems of care.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPhoenix Brighton; Tate Liverpool / Museum of Homelessness; People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, Bristol; The Gallery at Foyles.
PublisherTate Liverpool
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventBrighton Photo Fringe - Phoenix Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Oct 201426 Oct 2014


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