Where from? Where now?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 10:18am

Where from? Where now? - Georgina Cranston's multimedia exhibition of women’s homelessness – ran from 14 to 18 November 2012 at gallery@oxo on London’s South Bank.

Photograph: Georgina Cranston 2012

This multimedia exhibition offered a unique and stark glimpse into the lives of a number of women facing homelessness in London.

Told in their own words, Where from? Where now? aimed to lay bare the reality of women's homelessness in London, looking at the reasons that have led women to become homeless and how they are rebuilding their lives.

All photographs © 2012 Georgina Cranston.

Photographer Georgina Cranston spent eight months working closely with our members St Mungo’s, meeting women sleeping rough, as well as those living amongst the hidden homeless population and those now in their own accommodation.  Her work takes us into the lives of these women through their own voices as well as through interviews with the people who work with them.

Georgina told me: "Although all of the women's stories are entirely individual, they have one thing in common: that they have survived not just one but a series of traumatic events in their lives. They have spoken of experiences such as sexual and emotional abuse, domestic violence as well as neglect and loss of children.

"My hope is that, through the exhibition, these women's stories will reach not only other women going through a similar experience but also a wider audience, including the general public as well as service providers and policy makers.

"I wanted to help people tell their stories, and it had to be based on first person accounts. For that, I needed to capture real voices. Their words not mine. Including those audio accounts in the exhibition adds a dimension you can’t get through the photographs or written words alone."

The exhibition content have been donated to St Mungo’s to support their ongoing women’s strategy, raising awareness and improving services for women experiencing homelessness.

Georgina hopes that the project will offer a humanising experience that people can connect with that goes beyond homelessness.

For more on the project, visit Where From? Where Now?