Space is the most lucrative commodity in Dublin.
For those of you who are not familiar with property in Ireland's capital, here are some statistics:
- There are approximately 9,846 homeless people in Ireland (June, 2018)
- There are 1,367 families with 2,894 children in homeless accommodation in Dublin alone. (July, 2018)
- Four families became homeless every day in July of this year.
But, as the situation worsens, there's yet another culprit set to ruin people's lives, and cause scenes of hair-pulling in council offices: allegedly, it's street art.
SUBSET are a collective of artists who've come to notoriety for large-scale murals and political art pieces throughout the city.
Whatever your opinions on the sanctity of planning permission legislation (more on that later), the collective are due to host an exhibition called Grey Area at the end of this month. The event will be the latest in a series of homeless fundraisers by SUBSET who will be donating all proceeds to Inner City Helping Homeless - a fully volunteer-staffed charity that works with displaced individuals in Dublin.
I caught up with the individuals behind the project to talk about art, its absence, and the human condition.
When asked why the artists started SUBSET, they simply responded “to switch stuff up.”Read More