Identity and Survival in the Multimedia Art of Street-Involved Youth

  • Jennifer Hardwick
Keywords: identity, survival, multimedia art, street-involved youth


Academic and popular discourses alike tend to focus on street-involved youth as exemplars of the homeless problem or to overlook them entirely. This discussion aims to move beyond these frameworks, which often fail to acknowledge the talents and agency of street-involved young people, and to engage instead with the unique knowledges that are embedded within their creative endeavours. To do this, this essay places a media analysis of Another Slice, a multimedia website produced on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, in conversation with interviews with content producers as a means of illuminating the meaningful ways that youth at Directions Youth Services employ multimedia to assert identity, build community, challenge misconceptions about street life, and reimagine physical and social spaces.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2017.0013

Author Biography

Jennifer Hardwick

Jennifer Hardwick is a settler scholar and teacher with interests in digital cultures, youth studies, contemporary literature, and Indigenous studies. She teaches English at Kwantlen University.

How to Cite
Hardwick, J. (2017). Identity and Survival in the Multimedia Art of Street-Involved Youth. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 9(1). Retrieved from