Resource Title

The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty


Using images, ‘The Roles We Play’, facilitates the voices of diverse individuals who are experiencing poverty in various contexts. It strives to counter the persistent stereotypes about those who live in poverty and social exclusion by presenting honest, personal accounts of daily life and personal aspiration.

Resource Details

  • Author: ATD Fourth World, Photographs by Eva Sajovic
  • Publisher: ATD Fourth World
  • Country of Publication: United Kingdom (UK)
  • Year: 2015
  • ISBN: ISBN 978-0-9928916-0-2
  • Page Count: 126


The Roles We Play began initially as a photo exhibition in 2009 at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, which subsequently went on tour around the UK and across Europe (See: The Roles We Play: Recognizing the contribution of people in poverty #rolesweplay). Developed by ATD Fourth World, in partnership with London-based artist and photographer Eva Sajovic, the exhibition evolved into a participatory film project and the publication – The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty. The resource includes the life stories of 26 women and men who talk about their lives, their hopes and their place in society as seen through their own eyes.