ARTISTS WITH CON­VIC­TION

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Maw­son Place Waterside Pavil­ion Un­til Tues­day

Art about peo­ple who are in­car­cer­ated has been im­por­tant in 2018, with A Jour­ney To Free­dom at TMAG ex­am­in­ing many as­pects of global and lo­cal im­pris­on­ment, and Con­stance ARI’s The Pink Palace,a ground­break­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween artists and in­mates of Ris­don. Now we have Artists With Con­vic­tion, fea­tur­ing art from in­mates. It’s raw, with a range of skill and tech­nique from col­lage to sculp­ture on dis­play. There’s some­thing com­pelling about the work. It’s deeply emo­tional, and sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive. Time is a com­mon theme, as is lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion, but there are works that reach for hope and cel­e­brate hu­man con­tact (there’s a re­ally heart­en­ing im­age of some­one re­ceiv­ing a let­ter) and dreams of a dif­fer­ent life.

This work is re­mark­ably ex­pres­sive, and de­serves to be seen. It is a re­minder that those in prison, de­spite their in­vis­i­bil­ity and no mat­ter what they’ve done, are peo­ple.

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