ARTISTS WITH CONVICTION
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.