Homelessness is a problem around the globe. Multiple international human rights conventions recognize that access to adequate shelter is a basic human right.
Yet, in 2014, more than 600,000 people were homeless in the United States alone. Despite the numbers, these people are often forgotten within society and viewed as nonexistent.
Now, one man hopes to humanize the homeless by using art. Skid Robot is a graffiti artist in Los Angeles who seeks out people living on the streets to incorporate into his work.
“Art, words and ideas,” says Skid Robot, “Have the power to change people’s perception of reality. Thus, change the world.”
Humanizing Homelessness: Anonymous graffiti artist paints homelessOne man hopes to humanize the homeless by using art. Skid Robot is a graffiti artist in Los Angeles who seeks out people living on the streets to incorporate into his work.
While he remains anonymous, the artist brings food and clothing to the people he meets. Then, paints their hopes and dreams in graffiti scenes surrounding them.
Skid Robot’s ultimate goal is to inspire compassion and perhaps motivate others to help those who are often forgotten.
“Homeless people, despite the choices they make for their life, shouldn’t be judged and should be treated as human beings and not as nonexistent,” says Skid Robot.
Check out this week’s Full Frame Close Up, as we draw attention to the issue of homelessness and see how one man is trying to make a difference.
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