To gauge homelessness, it is imperative that we define the issue at hand in all nuance. People visible living and sleeping on the streets are easy to account for, yet the term has grown beyond them. There are a variety living conditions that can be seen as insecure, often termed as ‘hidden homelessness’. These are the group of people that can’t define a space as their ‘home’, yet do not necessary live on the street.
Jean & Jacques, Jong Gent in Actie, S.M.A.K.
The Jean-Jacques Collective grew as a remembrance to past days when both brothers were leaders in the Chiro
(a Flemish movement that aims to support young people in their physical,
mental and spiritual development through play and being outdoors).
Even though Jannes, Simen and Helena were schooled in different fields,
a passion for eco-politics advocated through storytelling and photography, connected them.
They believe that to induce long-term change within any given society, which is stabilized by a committed government,
is to persuade that same government to change their policies. Top-down and bottom-up models in a necessary equilibrium.
Where both the people and whoever represents them find each other in a poised climate.
They advocate dignity through design and beauty, and capture time unfiltered and honest.
Moreover, Jean-Jacques Collective is a free space for creativity, we design, build, curate, photograph and write,
always trying to find common ground to work on. We strongly support the interchange of ideas between different fields.
It is on this cross-section that JJC really thrives. We are not one, we are a collection of many things.