Marksteen will be talking about two recent projects.
Behold The Man is a study by ASHA’s executive creative director Marksteen Adamson. The project is an exploration of mind, body and soul through a three-year collaborative study with Alan Dainton, a homeless beggar in Cheltenham battling addiction. It’s about how we honour the subject we are engaging with when exploring the value and hidden assets of someone who has been written off by society.
How do you build the projects, develop the idea so that it engages with larger audiences, write the stories, create the exhibition and design the publications that honour the subject and often toxic issues.
Project PEEL – Exploring Self Identity. Social media, self-expression and self-identity present growing problems for young people, and there is growing evidence that this pressure is contributing more and more to mental health issues. Trying to establish a true identity, whilst finding themselves within a ‘selfie’ culture of carefully curated Facebook and Instagram lives, has never been harder. PEEL works with groups of young people, and uses photography and poetry to help them explore their identity, restore empathy for each other, and build greater understanding of who they are rather than just focussing on what they look like.