Artist Aaron Moore walks the walk on poverty

Less is Moore: Aaron Moore now shows how little it takes to live. Picture: Aaron Moore
Less is Moore: Aaron Moore now shows how little it takes to live. Picture: Aaron Moore

HE GAVE up all his possessions, left his rented flat and likened sleeping on the floor to camping.

Now artist Aaron Moore, 37, of Cronulla, will have an exhibition showing what impoverished people treasure.

The reactions of people to his "dispossession" are being given an airing, along with videos, photographs and an explanatory booklet which form part of the exhibition.

"The people are from Malawi, Zambia and Togo and live on a few dollars a day; their favourite possessions are sometimes a hoe, a bucket of water or a radio," Moore said.

After giving away all his own worldly goods in 2012 Moore, an Oxford law graduate, said he continued with his "normal life" and was invited back into the flat he had surrendered.

A few weeks after giving up his chattels someone gave him a box which he used as a table; and so it continued.

His old shirts were re-wrapped as new Christmas presents and his mother gave him an old mobile phone "because she wanted to keep in contact with me".

These days he continues to work for a charity but gives away a large proportion of his wage.

His exhibition, The Art of Global Inequality was on this weekend at UNSW Galleries, corner of Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington.

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