Visibility is key. Familiarity is the gateway drug to empathy.
By taking photographs of the faces of people who were not 100% straight, sparking empathy became the backbone to iO Tillet’s Wright’s project Self-Evident Truths. Human beings are not one-dimensional, overly small boxes to categorise each other are useless. Appreciating each other’s complexity is valuable. And we do that by really seeing each other, by getting to know the stranger.
Seeing them makes it harder to deny our humanity. At the very least I hope it makes it harder to deny their human rights.
[Day 21: Listening]
Hat tip to Stephen Collins and Anneka Deva.