Emmaus is an independent organization founded in France by Abbé Pierre in 1949 which tackles social exclusion through community living. Communities range from a house for victims of human trafficking in Sarajevo to an apple farm in Belgium.
Emmaus does not offer charity, it requires people to take charge of their lives and work to help fund the community on their ecological projects. It offers people a new start, a family, a bed and a reason to get out of it.
‘Faced with all human suffering according to your capabilities seek not only to alleviate it without delay but also to root out and destroy its causes’ — Abbé Pierre
‘It is very simple to make things difficult and very difficult to make things simple’ — Amile, La poudriere, Belguim
‘utopias are much more realistic than many certitudes’ — Emmaus Köln, Germany 2007
‘The community offers a direction without defining the destination’ — Emmaus Neuilly Plaisance, France 2007
The series of photographs were compiled whilst living in and working alongside Emmaus community companions (residents) in Germany, Belgium, England, France, and Holland, Italy and Bosnia.
‘With Others’ exhibtions — In 2008 Liz Hingley curated a series of four exhibitions of the Emmaus work with sound, furniture and fashion and held creative workshops around the UK.