Subtext: Real Stories

Subtext: Real Stories

Subtext is an experimental long-term ethno-videography using digital visual media to study homelessness and housing. This piece starts with an exploration of the demise of Toronto's Tent City and follows some of the ex-residents on their journey through mainstream housing and personal change. This is not an agenda-laden piece. It is graphic. The points of view are those of the participants. Subtext examines community building, mental health and addiction issues and the potential for positive change amongst the urban homeless. In a broad sense, Subtext explores digital media as a methodology for "participant observation" in long-term social field research. At a more tangible level, Subtext offers insight to the challenges and realities of getting a specific marginalized group of people off the streets and into housing.

PUBLICATION DATE: 2008
LOCATION: Toronto, ON, Canada