Art by Prisoners

Art By Prisoners

Art by prisoners

MONDAY 6 August - FRIDAY 31 August 2018


Kerry Packer Civic Gallery Exhibition

Exhibition dates: Monday 6 August - Friday 31 August

Featuring selected works created within South Australia’s adult prisons, Art by Prisoners allows prisoners’ artwork to escape temporarily and go on show to the public. The prisoners are anonymous but this exhibition will reveal fragments of their lives both within and beyond prison, allowing us to see prisoners not as objects, but as human subjects.

Rather than ask what the men and women in this exhibition have done, it asks instead what they are capable of and what they might become. Reintegration requires offenders to accept society but it also requires society to accept ex-offenders. This exhibition allows us to rehearse this idea. Come and vote for your favourite artwork and leave messages for participants as a way of encouraging and supporting their creative development and aspirations. Over the past 12 years the prisoner population in SA has soared by 67%. This exhibition invites us to reflect on the prison system, on who, how many and at what cost we punish people.



The writing on the wall

Art by Prisoners will be presented alongside Writing on the Wall, an installation by Hank Willis Thomas and Baz Dreisinger. This installation is made from essays, poems, letters, stories, diagrams and notes written by individuals in prison around the world, from America and Australia to Brazil, Norway and Uganda. The Writing on the Wall is about giving voice to the voiceless and humanizing a deeply de-humanized population. It represents a kind of modern-day hieroglyphics, projecting a hidden world into a very public space and allowing a people too often spoken of and for—by politicians and a punishment-hungry public—to speak for themselves, in the most intimate of ways. It is a tribute to the power of the pen, a deliberate verbal intrusion and an assertion that some words need very much to be seen in order to be heard. Indeed the writing is not just on the wall but on the floor, on every inch of the installation space, such that the viewer, unable to look away, is compelled to confront a crisis: global mass incarceration.



Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre as part of SALA

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