The Doorways Project

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From 7th until 31st July 2016Bekki Perriman was exhibiting her work The Doorways Projectat Edge Hill Station. 

The Doorways Project is a touring, site-specific sound installation. It explores homeless culture through the personal stories of society’s most silenced people. 

Inspired by her experience of life on the streets, Bekki’s direct and unsentimental approach investigates the personal, social and political dimensions of homelessness. Her work considers public attitudes to disability and the role of art in making the invisible present. 

Situated in the doorways around Edge Hill train station, the installation was a reflection on the spatial experience of life in the city. Through a series of recorded monologues, audiences were invited to intimately engage with the difficult (and mostly ignored) experience of homelessness, and hear first-hand the challenges it presents. It was a unique opportunity to observe a familiar environment from a different perspective. 

The project is an ambitious attempt to discuss the subject of homelessness in a non-judgemental and honest exploration, telling the stories of homeless people in ways that differ from the ‘deficit model’ where homeless people are portrayed as victims. The project reverses this model by giving homeless people a voice and focusing on the realities of street life through personal experience. The direct voice, apart from asserting its human presence, enables listeners to connect on a personal level and enter the speaker’s world of experience. 

Throughout the duration of the exhibition Metal was collecting donations for the Reallove Liverpool Street Team, dedicated to helping the street homeless of Liverpool.  

The project was commissioned by Unlimited, celebrating the work of Deaf and disabled artists. 

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