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Intemperie - Antigona
An installation to defy ethics and spark conversations about homelessness
Homelessness is an issue that every big city is facing today. However, as this is a topic that is overlooked, and due to the several and recurring devastating economic crisis periods, the number of homeless people in the streets is growing.
In Barcelona there is a foundation that tries to work towards giving an opportunity to those who live in these conditions, Arrels. There are several street action events they perform: one of them is called Intemperie and it consists of a sleep-out night in which people can experience how difficult and unsafe it is not having a home.
This was the perfect spot for us to place our Antigona installation, which is a scale like sculpture that can be intervened by the audience. They can answer the central question of the piece, always an ethically and morally challenging one, by placing a little weight on one of the two answers of choice.
This time, at the Intemperie event, we asked people if they thought whether a good conversation or a good meal was more important for a homeless person, or if drug abuse had happened before or after becoming homeless. We wanted to break social misconceptions about the topic and make an impact to create good social action by connection through an empathetic channel with the people’s stories.