Statement of Being
Upon deeper exploration of the penal system, one is swiftly confronted by the lack of understanding and prejudices that exist in society regarding the subject. It is easy to judge; what is difficult is to dispel the stigma of the 'criminal' and simply make the subject human - I aim to take on this challenge. I refocus the attention back to the human element in an unprejudiced way, rather than point the proverbial finger at 'criminals'. The work aims to help create a dialogue between inmates and society, letting them encounter on eye level and prepare a joined path into togetherness.Interviews support the imagery to understand backgrounds and biographies in context with the offenders and their crime.
Paul Basford • Julia Schönstädt •