Ev­ery­thing seems okay

Sup­posed 'nor­mal­ity' in spa­ces de­signed for pun­ish­ment

Costa Levante News - - WHAT'S ON -

By Barry Wright ‘ALL ap­pears to be nor­mal’, is the phrase of­ten re­peated by jail­ers at Philadel­phia’s Holmes­burg prison, when tak­ing a head count.

De­liv­ered as if it were a mu­si­cal phrase, it as­sumed a sup­posed nor­mal­ity in spa­ces de­signed for pun­ish­ment.

An ex­hi­bi­tion, go­ing un­der the same name, is tak­ing place in the Salas Univer­si­tas of the Recor­torado y Con­sejo So­cial build­ing at Miguel Hernán­dez univer­sity in Elche un­til Jan­uary 24.

The ex­hi­bi­tion by Pa­tri­cia Gómez and Maria Jesús González brings to­gether var­i­ous im­ages and items from dif­fer­ent pris­ons in Va­len­cia, Palma de Mal­lorca and Philadel­phia.

Fol­low­ing a dis­cur­sive line, the walls of the dif­fer­ent pris­ons are con­verted by Gómez and González into con­ tain­ers full of in­for­ma­tion and tes­ti­monies, both from the in­mates and the se­cu­rity per­son­nel .

he aim is to dis­play these spa­ces out­side of their orig­i­nal con­text in or­der for them to take on a crit­i­cal con­no­ta­tion of their power as de­vices for con­tem­po­rary surveil­lance.

In essence, the in­te­rior walls are given the in­trin­sic qual­ity of be­ing ‘wit­nesses’.

The ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether video and pho­to­graphic records, mu­rals and numer­ous items that, in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing im­ages of the spa­ces within pris­ons, are also in­tended to be mem­o­rable.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open from Mon­day to Fri­day from 09.0020.00.

Ad­mis­sion is free.

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