Geraldine Crimmins is a formerly homeless London photographer who is one of 20 women exhibiting at the United Nations in Geneva next month.
Women Without Walls – Photography Exhibition, in partnership with the UNECE, UN Geneva and Cafe Art, showcases photographs taken on disposable cameras from five projects for people affected by homelessness.
Photographs are from photography projects with homeless and recently homeless women in London, Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans and Toronto.
The annual MyLondon calendar is created after 100 cameras were given to women and men over five days. The resulting calendar is sold by the participants in the project in markets, like the Big Issue, creating an income.
This Women Without Wall: Photography Exhibition showcases photographs taken by women affected by homelessness from all over the world. The powerful images show what these women love about their cities, their friends and their families, whilst also highlighting their plight when they are homeless.
This exhibition also illustrates the specific needs of women experiencing homelessness. Hence, the exhibition clearly links Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
The opening reception will take place at 12:30 PM at the Passerelle, Building E, Palais des Nations on 1 October 2018 to celebrate World Habitat Day.
You can see these inspiring photographs from 1 – 12 October at the Passerelle, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Opening Reception. To attend (especially if you don’t have a UN badge), we kindly request that you register here: https://reg.unog.ch/event/
London photographer Geraldine Crimmins will speak at opening event and also on a panel discussing women and homelessness a few days later.
“As a rough sleeper I was sexually assaulted, bullied, mugged and robbed. I would stay awake most nights and sleep during the day as it was dangerous for me to sleep alone in central London. Due to a mugging I ended up in hospital for six weeks .This led me into the system as I was in a wheelchair for a while and I was given temporary housing for four years and then social housing.
“I continued using drugs and my health worsened. Thankfully I was arrested and detoxed in prison. My head cleared and I decided to stay drug free. I got involved with Café Art volunteering and doing creative projects. This has resulted in becoming a professional artist. I feel creativity and volunteering is food for people who have been damaged by homeliness, addiction, mental health and economic hardship.
“I feel creativity and volunteering is food for people who have been damaged by homeliness, addiction, mental health and economic hardship.”
The other 19 photographers in the exhibition were part of projects with single-use cameras in London, Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans and Toronto. All of their photos, taken on Fujifilm QuickSnap film cameras since 2016, appeared in calendars which were sold by people affected by homelessness in their cities.
CAFÉ ART connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art. We hang artwork created in art groups run by homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in London. We also run photography contests with disposable Fujifilm cameras.