The Relative Poverty Project
Les Monaghan is an artist interested in community and representation. Relative Poverty is a new body of work, which aims to raise awareness of destitution and challenge issues of agency public engagement and fairness of representation.
Les Monaghan says: ‘Whilst we know that many people are simply unaware of the lives lived by over 1m people in the UK, this project bypasses the media that shields us from this knowledge and shows this and the last government’s policies and the living conditions imposed upon ordinary people.
As a photographer I am well aware of the power of medium to steal, lie, and cheat subjects of their dignity and more.’
Relative poverty provides a catalyst to move the debate from ‘scroungers’ and diving the poor into deserving and undeserving, and attempts to redress the balance. It is currently being exhibited across 25 Doncaster libraries and will culminate in a final exhibition, sharing, and public Q&Q session at Doncaster Central library in 2018.