Everything seems okay
Supposed 'normality' in spaces designed for punishment
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.