exhibition: "Art in prisons", lokal_30, Warsaw
curator: Katya Shadkovska
"Art in prison" is a project which aims to create artistic workshops with prisoners. Artists carried on the workshops and their effect was shown at the collective exhibition at the Lokal_30 Gallery in Warsaw. The "_ . _" is a result of sports workshops, in which the artist exchanged knowledge in a barter trade with inmates – he invited trainers to prison, and in exchange for this the prisoners showed him how their illegal training, performed when all training is forbidden.
"Art in Prisons" is a project aiming to popularise community work in prisons initiated by contemporary artists. Classes, discussions, lectures and workshops, prepared by artists and social activists, have taken place at various Polish prisons. The project, developed as an integrated participative action, is meant not only to help rehabilitate the inmates and prepare them for a return to life outside, but also to provoke potential recipients to reflect on the contemporary notion of punishment, its long-term rationale, and its role, if any, in overhauling the convicts’ personalities and value systems.
The exhibition is a result of a project conducted by Fundacja Dom Kultury.
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