Ho Folks

Troy Aossey captures the denizens of the Westward Ho in pictures and sound

"The photos aren't outwardly really joyful or happy," Aossey reflects. "They have that sense but they're also kind of sad. I think these people had just these incredible lives before they ended up at the Westward Ho, now here they are living out the rest of their years there."

Aossey's show is paired with Brooklyn-based artist John Andrew's Polaroids of "mobile shelters of discarded material" -- mail and shopping carts that have been converted by New York's homeless nomads into roaming homes. Andrew has an ambitious plan to study these nomadic shelters and then design new ones. He'll then distribute them to homeless and document their use for another year.

Aossey's portraits of Westward Ho residents include Louise, the ex-baton twirler.
Troy Aossey
Aossey's portraits of Westward Ho residents include Louise, the ex-baton twirler.

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Photography by Troy Aossey, runs July 4 through July 31. Call 602-462-5516 for more information.
Modified Arts, 407 E. Roosevelt

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