HEAR ME OUT- portraits of Tenderloin residents

These portraits were painted as part of an ongoing residency at the San Francisco Tenderloin Museum.  Anyone can come in and have their portrait painted for free and walk out the door with it.  The portraits are painted on cardboard, a common material found everywhere in the neighborhood. Homeless residents of the Tenderloin have taken advantage of the opportunity to come in, sit down, be seen, acknowledged, and heard.  More than the portraits, the conversations have become the most important part of the encounter.  I find that building bridges between people in this area is not as hard as you might think; all you need is an opening and a prompt for people to open up.







Johnny King Bee




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