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Toutes nos expositions

Expositions, 2016 :

 

Expositions, 2015 :

 

Expositions, 2014 :

 

Expositions, 2013 :

 

Expositions, 2012 :

  • La Roumanie à Paris juin – juillet 2012

 

Expositions, 2011 :

 

Expositions, 2010 :

  • L’art contemporain dans tous ses états ! décembre 2009 – mars 2010
    Rétrospective 2009

 

Expositions, 2009 :

  • Art and Music juillet – septembre 2009
    Tribute to Michael Jackson

 

Expositions, 2008 :

  • Obama in Paris octobre 2008 – février 2009
    Yes, we can !
  • Regard sur Mai 68 avril – juin 2008
    Photographies d’Alain Quemper

 

Expositions, 2007 :

  • Michel Medinger juin – juillet 2007
  • Art et Écologie juin 2007
  • Le Génie de la Bastille mai 2007
    Carte blanche à l’association le Génie de la Bastille
  • Hyperphoto février – avril 2007
    Jean-François Rauzier

 

Expositions, 2006 :

  • Dominique le Tricoteur octobre – novembre 2006
  • Exposition d’Automne octobre 2006
  • In the Mood for Asia septembre – octobre 2006
  • Exposition d’Été août – septembre 2006

De Henry Miller aux jeunes artistes d’aujourd’hui

EXPOSITION COLLECTIVE

du 4 au 29 novembre 2010
vernissage vendredi 5 novembre 2010 à 18h00


« De Henry Miller aux jeunes artistes d’aujourd’hui » propose un voyage à travers différentes visions de l’art, un croisement entre courants artistiques et générations.

dorothys gallery a l’honneur et le plaisir de présenter les œuvres d’art de l’écrivain américain Henry Miller (1891-1980), ainsi que des portraits de l’auteur de Tropique du Cancer réalisés par la photographe française Denise Bellon (1902-1999), célèbre pour avoir photographié les plus grands noms du monde artistique et littéraire : Joan Miro, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Prévert, Marcel Duchamp, etc…

Aux côtés des dessins et aquarelles de Henry Miller, deux jeunes peintres talentueux et prometteurs : Thomas Lévy-Lasne et Mariano Angelotti, ainsi que des oeuvres dans  l’esprit surréaliste de trois artistes portugais : les peintures cosmiques de Benjamin Marquès, les dessins hybrides d’Artur Do Cruzeiro-Seixas et les sculptures poétiques d’Isabel Meyrelles.

 


Henry Miller -Cet écrivain était aussi un artiste de talent qui peignit des milliers de tableaux. Pour Henry Miller : « to paint is to love again ». A la fois dessins automatiques et aquarelles, ces œuvres où se lisent une véritable jouissance créative nous font pénétrer dans l’univers visuel bouillonnant d’un des plus grands génies de notre siècle.

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 Denise Bellon –En 1953, alors en vacances chez l’écrivain Joseph Delteil, elle fait la connaissance de Henry Miller et de sa femme. Ils décident alors de partir tous ensemble pour un “road-trip” de trois semaines à travers l’Espagne que Denise Bellon immortalisera par une série de photographies.

 Denise Bellon
 

 

 

Thomas Lévy-Lasne – Les étonnantes peintures réalistes de Thomas Lévy-Lasne inscrivent ce jeune artiste français dans une histoire de la peinture classique. En combinant une technique virtuose et des sujets contemporains, ce peintre donne vie à des images prises entre immobilité et mouvement, tristesse pensive et frémissement de vie.

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Mariano Angelotti – Les paysages aux couleurs saturées du peintre italo-argentin Mariano Angelotti font écho à une tradition fauve : retrouver sur la toile des émotions et des souvenirs inspirés d’un lieu particulier. La mise en forme picturale du souvenir opère alors une métamorphose de la chose vue vers un paysage intime.

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Benjamin Marquès – Les toiles du peintre portugais Benjamin Marquez proposent un voyage cosmique. Ces arrangements de pigments bruts sont autant d’explorations de galaxies multicolores.

Benjamin Marques

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Artur Do Cruzeiro Seixas – Les univers peuplés d’hybrides qui s’enlacent ou fusionnent pour former des corps pluriels dans les dessins de l’un des derniers représentants du mouvement surréaliste portugais Artur Cruzeiro Seixas sont autant d’invitations à pénétrer dans le monde du rêve : monde paradoxal en glaciation sous lequel couve un feu ardent.

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Isabel Meyrelles – L’esthétique chimérique des sculptures de l’artiste et poète portugaise Isabel Meyrelles revisite le jeu surréaliste du cadavre exquis dans lequel la beauté et la poésie naissent de la juxtaposition : de cette fameuse « rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d’une machine à coudre et d’un parapluie. »

Isabel Meyrelles

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Henry Miller

New article in the Huffington Post
Henry Miller, Watercolorist
by Arthur Hoyle, author of ‘The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur

Ecrivain américain, 1891-1980

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Henry Miller – Sarasota

 

L’œuvre de Henry Miller est marqué par des romans largement autobiographiques, dont le ton cru et sensuel a suscité une série de controverses dans l’Amérique puritaine dont il voulait stigmatiser l’hypocrisie morale. Son écriture virulente et scandaleuse a profondément marqué les écrivains de la Beat Generation.

Ce grand conteur de la sexualité et de l’érotisme aimait à penser qu’en lui « le diable écrit mais l’ange peint. » Celui pour qui la peinture fut une véritable passion n’hésitait pas à affirmer : « to paint is to love again. » Véritables synthèses de toute la peinture de la première moitié du XXème siècle (on pensera à Klee, Chagall, Dufy, etc.), ces œuvres nous révèlent qu’une tendresse pour l’humanité et un optimisme allègre habitaient cet immense écrivain.

Les dessins automatiques et les aquarelles où se lit une véritable jouissance créative nous font pénétrer dans l’univers visuel bouillonnant d’un des plus grands génies de notre siècle.

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Henry Miller – Just a Brooklyn Boy

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« Pour Miller, peindre c’est naître, c’est vivre cette innocence primordiale de l’enfant qui découvre le monde. Néanmoins sa peinture, à la gaieté du coloris près, est à l’opposée des dessins d’enfants. Même si le romancier avoue ne pas savoir dessiner, sa peinture est savante (…) son œuvre pictural est une synthèse de toute la peinture de la première moitié du XXème siècle. En effet, il faut bien dire ou avouer que l’on y trouve un résumé de l’art de Klee, de Hans Reichel, de George Grosz, de Nolde pour l’Allemagne ; de Chagall, Rouault, Léger, Dufy, Matisse, Picasso, Pascin, pour l’école de Paris ; de Georgia O’Keefe et de John Marin pour les Etats-Unis. Reste que cet amalgame constitue un œuvre étonnamment  personnel autant que celui d’un « peintre-témoin de son époque » – tout comme l’écriture annonce une mutation de la sensibilité et de la sexualité occidentales. »

« Les éléments figuratifs hétérogènes, amalgamés comme dans un rêve, mais plastiquement reliés entre eux par des passages, des reflets, des transparences, se réduisent le plus souvent à quelques espèces végétales, objectales ou animales : personnages, maisons, fleurs, poissons, oiseaux, quadrupèdes, bateaux à voiles. Mais c’est la figure humaine qui occupe la première place. Ces sujets offrent, d’une aquarelle à l’autre, des variantes mais paraissent provenir d’une sorte de matrice, de moule commun. A ces formes qui lui tiennent lieu d’alphabet graphique, Miller mêle des signes qui sont aussi des symboles, telles l’échelle, l’étoile de David, la lune (pleine ou en croissant). Ces signes récurrents sont une sorte de leitmotiv. »

« Que représente pour lui la peinture et comment justifie-t-il ses activités de peintre ? “Quand je peins je me sens bien. Et si cela me rend heureux, il y a bien des chances pour que cela rende aussi les autres heureux.” Et le voici qui se montre à nous, dans l’acte de peindre : “Je ne sais plus ce que je fais ni où je suis… J’ai deux pinceaux dans une main et trois dans l’autre et je n’arrête pas de chanter, de danser, de me balancer, de tituber, de fredonner, de jurer, de crier…” En un mot comme en cent, Miller peint parce que ça lui plaît, parce que l’acte de peindre s’oppose à l’acte d’écrire comme le bonheur à l’angoisse. »

(Extraits du texte Le Sourire au bout du pinceau de Françoise Py, critique d’art)

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Henry Miller - PeintureHenry Miller – Hawaiian Serenade

“Voices from Prison”

Opening on October 17 at 7pm

Program of events
October 17 to December 12

Les voix de l'univers carcéralExhibition “Half a Square Meter of Freedom”
International exhibition of Art created in prison

Events “Voices from Prison”
Testimony, roundtable and cultural events

at dorothy’s gallery, American Center for the Arts

As Ambassadors : the Iranian photographer REZA and the French cartoonist BERTHET ONE.
A collection gathered by Art and Prison, Germany
Co-organizers Art et Prison France
In Collaboration with  Carceropolis
And the support of Ensemble contre la Récidive and The Koestler Trust (GB)

Prices
Exhibition : 5€ / 3€ *
Events : 10 / 8€ *
Pass :
90€ free access to the exhibition and all the events
45€ free access to the exhibition and six events of your choice

* Reduced rate (less than 26/ handicapped persons / members of the American Center for the Arts)

At a time when prison is often present in the news, especially with the implementation on October 1rst 2014 of the penal reform in France, the exhibition « Half a Square Meter of Freedom » casts a universal and innovative light on prisoners and on prison and illuminates the multifaceted cultural program revealing the challenges facing the world of prison.

« If you let this artwork impress you, your outlook on the prison system will change. »
Mr. Nettersheim, German Justice Ministry

After its success at the German Ministry of Justice in April 2013, the International Exhibition “Half a Square Meter of Freedom” will be on view in Paris from October 17th 2014 to December 12th 2014.

« Voices from prison » proposes to the public an exchange on the universal theme of confinement from a unique point of view: the artistic expression of prisoners from all aver the world.
While prison is characterized by its opacity and its silences, this series of events is a unique opportunity to question the role given to it by society and to discover the emerging analyses on prison and possible alternatives to prison.

 Painters, designers, musicians, photographers, poets, film directors, cultural workers, architects, writers, sociologists, criminologists, representatives from the prison and justice systems, volunteers… will examine how confinement effects self-esteem and the prisoner role in society after his release.

 During these various events, a panel of speakers will review what are the stakes for reinsertion, alternative sentences to confinement, and the fight against re-offending around a central issue: the room for humanity in the world of prison.

    • OPENING FRIDAY 17/10 • 19H-21H • FREE ENTRANCE
      Opening evening of the exhibition

      Link to the event
      Presentation of the project, speeches and entertainment.

 

    • FRIDAY 24/10 • 19H
      Karim Mokhtari : Redemption

      TESTIMONY, SIGNING
      Link to the event
      Testimony and book signing from the author Karim Mokhtari, former prisoner, committed today to make the prison world evolve.

 

    • THURSDAY 30/10 • 19H
      Prison as a living space : which architecture ?

      ROUNDTABLE, SCREENING

      Link to the event
      Roundtable with Christian Demonchy, architect of prisons, and Bruno Michel, architect and urbanist. Screening of the movie “Le Déménagement” (screening to be confirmed).

 

    • FRIDAY 07/11 • 19H
      Which form of expression in prison ? The role of Art

      ROUNDTABLE
      Link to the event
      Roundtable with four international specialists about art in prison:
      Peter Echtermeyer, President Founder of Art and Prison e.V. in Berlin,
      Tim Robertson, Chief Executive of The Koestler Trust in London,
      David Gussak, art therapist, President of the art education department of the Florida State University,
      Arnaud Gaillard, sociologist, writer, french university professor.

 

    • FRIDAY 14/11 • 19H
      Berthet One : escape through art

      TESTIMONY, SIGNING

      Link to the event
      Ambassador of the exhibition, Berthet One will speak about his incarceration and how art and drawing helped him change his life.

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    • SATURDAY 15/11 • 19H
      Rap and Slam : bringing words to prison

      CONCERT, SIGNING, PERFORMANCE

      Link to the event
      Rap, slam and theatre show and performance with Verbal Sarrazin, who will present his book “Prison Slam” in the presence of Karim Mokhtari.

 

    • THURSDAY 20/11 • 19H
      Alternatives to confinement

      ROUNDTABLE
      Link to the event
      Roundtable with Pierre Victor Tournier, demographer and research director with the CNRS, engaged in favour of a new form of criminal restraint.

 

    • FRIDAY 21/11 • 19H (to be confirmed)
      Clairvaux festival music
      CONCERT, SCREENING, SIGNING

      Link to the event
      From the Clairvaux music festival: concert, screening of a documentary movie, presentation of a book of photographies and debate.

 

    • WEDNESDAY 26/11 • 19H
      Love, sexuality, and intimacy in prison

      SCREENING, DEBATE

      Link to the event
      Presentation by Arnaud Gaillard and debate around the webdocumentary “Le Corps incarcéré” (screening to be confirmed).

 

    • THURSDAY 27/11 • 19H
      Le vent se lève !
      THEATRE
      Link to the event
      Theatre show by Le Vent se lève !, a place of art, culture, research, shared creation and expression.

 

    • THURSDAY 04/12 • 19H
      Have prisoners rights ? A profession : prison controller
      MEETING, SCREENING
      Link to the event
      Meeting with the prison controller Cédric de Torcy from the Contrôle Général des Lieux de Privation de Liberté and screening of the movie “À l’ombre de la république” from Stéphane Mercurio (screening to be confirmed).

 

    • FRIDAY 05/12 • 19H
      Incarcerated women

      MEETING, SCREENING
      Link to the event
      Reflexion on women in prisons with Frank Balandier and Audrey Chenu, former prisoner. Screening of the concert of the French singer Barbara in the Fresnes prison in 1991.

 

    • SATURDAY 06/12 • 19H
      “Chairs incarcérées” : an expression of dance in prison

      MEETING, SCREENING, PERFORMANCE
      Link to the event
      Presentation of the work of Sylvie Frigon, criminologist and Claire Jenny, choreographer, about the relation between dance and the prison world.

 

    • WEDNESDAY 10/12 • 19H
      Expressing confinement : poets behind bars

      READING, THEATRE
      Link to the event
      Reading and performance of poems by the students of the theatre school Auvray-Nauroy, in the presence of Frank Balandier, writer.

 

    • THURSDAY 11/12 • 19H (to be confirmed)
      Policies to help prisoners

      DEBATE
      Link to the event
      The federation Citoyens et Justice will present the policies to help prisoners (employment, housing, integration) as a means to fight re-offending (event to be confirmed).

 

    • FRIDAY 12/12 • 19H-21H • Reza : photography and identity  FREE ENTRANCE
      Closing evening

      TESTIMONY
      Link to the event
      Encounter and testimony with Reza, philanthropist, idealist, humanist and famous photo reporter of iranian origin committed to fight for justice.
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Voices from Prison – english version

FUNDRAISING // COLLECTE DE FONDS
Link to Kisskissbankbank

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as  AMBASSADORS of the exhibition
the photographer  REZA
and the cartoonist BERTHET ONE,

« Half a square meter of Freedom »
An international exhibition of art created in prison

will host

a multifaceted, innovative cultural program
revealing the multiple aspects of prison

         in partnership with the Association “Art and Prison e.V.”, Germany,
The Koestler Trust
, United Kingdom
and the french Association Carceropolis

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From October 16th to December 14th 2014, Dorothy’s Gallery, American Center for the arts, will host, for the first time in Paris, « Half a Square Meter of Freedom ».

This exceptional art collection brings together 150 works of art created in prisons from more than 40 countries, highlighted by an original program of artistic and cultural events:

Roundtables debates, testimonies, concerts, screenings, theatre which bring a new understanding of the largely unknown, misunderstood prison world.  

 

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Thanks to your contributions…

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 Thanks to its generous contributors on KissKissBankBank, the first objective has been reached ! The association « Art et Prison France » can now provide the transportation from Berlin to Paris of 150 works of art, painting, drawing and sculpture, created by incarcerated men, women and adolescents.

 During this exhibition, a calendar of cultural events is programmed each week. It is designed to make the rarely penetrated world of prison life visible for all.

It demonstrates that art transcends social, cultural and geographical barriers, that prisoners are creative and capable men and women.

 The public is invited to make its voice heard, to take an active part in the debates regarding the role of prison in our societies, the conditions of incarceration and the fate of prisoners.  

 Help us make this meaningful program come true by ensuring a broad communication campaign and successful publishing the exhibition’s catalogue.

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The program will cast a new light on art in prison, based on the exhibited artworks as well as on literary, musical and theatrical creations.

Differences and similarities in prison systems across the world will be looked at and compared.

 Major themes to explore and discuss : art and culture in prison – access to further education and meaningful training, open or closed spaces – the role of architecture – daily life -women in prison – minors in prison – health – work – serving life in prison – solitary confinement – rehabilitation, alternative solutions…

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International experts, researchers, teachers, former prisoners, famous artists, writers, charitable institutions, prison authorities, will be in Paris to participate in this program and to dialogue with the public.

They will share their experience of the multiple realities of life in prison, of its organization and inner workings.

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A multi-faceted cultural program is organized all along the exhibition at The American Center for the Arts.

The program gives a platform and visibility to prisoners and to those who have committed their lives to helping the prison system evolve:

– Roundtables with international experts : Peter Echtemeyer, founder of “Art and Prison” in Germany   Tim Robertson, President of  “The Koestler Trust”,  in London Dave Gussak, professor at the Florida State University, known for his research on the benefit of art therapy in prison

– Evenings with artists, former inmates, who have built new lives and return to prison to teach art and to give help and support : Berthet One, cartoonist, Karim Mokhtari, author of the book « Rédemption »

– A meeting with Reza, reporter-photographer, one of the most accomplished and dedicated contemporary photographers of our times. Arrested at 22, imprisoned, tortured because of his artistic activism against the Iranian regime, he continues to combine humanitarian actions and artistic creation, teaching photography in prison and helping youth and fragile populations all over the world.

– Testimonies from doctors, architects, photographers, auditors and associations Carceropolis, Le Vent se lève… They will tell you vivid and moving stories from their experiences inside prisons, and of the struggle, loneliness, courage and hopes of the prisoners they have met through that journey.

– Screenings of documentaries and short films, often written and directed inside prisons by prisoners.

– Readings, poetry, letters by prisoners, and extracts from the timeless works of Apollinaire, Victor Hugo, Cocteau, Joyce, interpreted by actors and from the  Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique.

– An eclectic series of concerts (classical, traditional, Rap) often written or/and performed in prisons, by inmates, contemporary musicians, and with the participation of the “Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris”

– Creative workshops based on an artwork from the exhibition developed with Le Vent se lève.  

 

Events that have taken place at dorothy’s gallery, American Center for the Arts

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the non profit organisation Small Steps Projects

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 This collection is unique by its size, its artistic quality and geographical diversity. It brings together 150 works of art, paintings, drawings, sculptures from two international art contests in which more than 1000 women, men and juveniles in prisons participated.

The collection comes from Germany. It was gathered by the not for profit organization ” Art and Prison e.V » and was exhibited in the Ministry of Justice in Berlin in 2013.

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A bridge of understanding

To help prisoners regain their dignity and identity, their art must be seen.

This recognition helps them to believe they can successfully reintegrate society.

Art created in prison is rarely shown outside and few speak about the exceptional creativity which is awakened behind bars.

More than 40 countries are represented: Germany, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, South Korea, Cuba, United States, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Poland, Pakistan, Romania, United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay…

This project is also supported by the Koestler Trust, in the United Kingdom, and the association Carceropolis.

The project is supported by The Koestler Trust, Royaume-UniLogo-1409409747

and The Association Carceropolis

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As AMBASSADORS  : two renowned artists  !

The iranian photographer REZA

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and the cartoonist BERTHET ONE

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« Art and Prison e.V. » 

Founded in Berlin in 2009 by Peter Echtermeyer, at the origin of the international art contest open to inmates serving time in prisons throughout the world.

Peter Echtermeyer a humanist and exceptional man, has been active with prisoners for more than 20 years, providing understanding and support to inmates and giving them hope for the future though the showing of their art.

Cornelia Harmel, artist of east-german origin, is the curator of the exhibition « Half a Square Meter of Freedom ».

For more information : www.artandprisonberlin.jimdo.com

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« Art et Prison France »

Founded by Inga Lavolé-Khavkina, Bruno Lavolé and François Charron to promote the arrival in Paris of the international exhibition of art created in prisons.

Inga Lavolé-Khavkina is a documentary film maker.

Bruno Lavolé is a former senior bank executive, and a producer of documentary movies.

François Charron is a former senior bank executive. He is the curator of the « Talents Cachés » exhibition, showing art from the Paris area prisons.

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dorothy’s gallery, American Center for the Arts

American Art Gallery, cultural center founded in 2006, dedicated to the democratization of art, bringing cultures together and enlarging art networks.

Plus d’informations : www.dorothysgallery.com

 Dorothy Polley, Founder and President6-1409218977

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Why fund it?

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To finance the program of cultural events and its promotion towards a large public, the minimum budget is 5000 €.

=> Total Budget : 5 000 €

Funding through the KissKissBankBank fund raising : 2 500 € Funding from institutional and private partners: 2 500 €

How the funds will be spent:

– Organization of the cycle of cultural events : 2 000 €

Invitation costs for the international specialists / Domestic and cross-border transportation costs / Copyrights for the video and written works / Artist compensations for their performances (musicians, comedians) / …

– Communication : 1 500 €

Creation and distribution of communication supports : 1 000 posters and 4 000 flyers for the exhibition / Printing the program / Press and Media Communication / …

– Publishing the exhibition catalogue: 1500 €

Design and publication a 500 copies of a catalogue, A4 format.

The artwork on exhibit is not for sale… We therefore need your support for the two months of this event.  Help us by participating in this project and contributing today.

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Art and Prison

“Half a Square Meter of Freedom”
From October 17th to December 12th 2014

 

150 works of art created in the prisons of all continents will be shown to the public at dorothy’s gallery, American Center for the Arts

As Ambassadors : the Iranian photographer REZA and the French cartoonist BERTHET ONE.

 A collection gathered by Art and Prison, Germany

Co-organizers Art et Prison France

In Collaboration with  Carceropolis

And the support of Ensemble contre la Récidive and The Koestler Trust (GB)

 

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UN DEMI-METRE CARRE DE LIBERTE
from Inga Lavole-Khavkina on Vimeo.


AN EXHIBITION TO HUMANIZE THE WORLD OF PRISONERS

After its success at the German Ministry of Justice in April 2013, the International Exhibition “Half a Square Meter of Freedom” will be on view in Paris from October 17th 2014 to December 12th 2014.

At a time when prison is often present in the news, especially with the implementation on October 1rst 2014 of the penal reform in France, the exhibition « Half a Square Meter of Freedom » casts a universal and innovative light on prisoners and on prison and illuminates the multifaceted cultural program revealing the challenges facing the world of prison.

HISTORY

Inga Lavolé-Khavkina, documentary film-maker while in Rome, discovered an art exhibit created by prisoners from all over the world. Overwhelmed by the quality of this artwork, she contacted Peter Echtermeyer, the creator of the exhibition.

In 2011,  Peter organized a new international art competition dedicated to imprisoned artists. The artworks selected were then shown in Berlin in 2013.

Determined that this exceptional art show must go beyond borders and be seen in others countries ; Inga Lavolé-Khavkina and her husband Bruno Lavolé contacted  Dorothy Polley, founder of dorothy’sgallery, American Center for the Arts.

Active in politics and social issues, Dorothy immediately agreed to give her support and welcome the exhibition in her Paris gallery in october 2014.


BRINGING TOGETHER UNIQUE VOICES IN ART

This collection is unique by its size, its artistic quality and its geographical diversity.
Further to two international art contests, organized by the German not-for-profit, Art et Prison e.V., 250 paintings, drawings and sculptures were selected by a jury of artists among the 1000 artworks sent by incarcerated women, men and juveniles. It was very well received when exhibited at the German Justice Ministry in Berlin in April 2013.

Works of Art from more than 40 countries, which covers all continents, were contributed: Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, South Korea, Cuba, United States, France, Ghana, Greece, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, Uruguay…

MISSIONS

    • To humanize the world in which prisoners live
    • To give a voice to prisoners who have discovered their creativity while imprisoned
    • To change the general perception of prisoners to facilitate their return into society


KARIM MOKHTARI, VIMEO
from Inga Lavole-Khavkina on Vimeo.

 

« If you let this artwork impress you, your outlook on the prison system will change. »
Mr. Nettersheim, German Justice Ministry

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ART, A PATHWAY TO UNDERSTANDING

By being able to travel to Paris and to be seen a large public, this exhibit reveals how art transcends cultural and geographical borders and builds a pathway to understanding between all men.

For prisoners to return to the life of normal citizens, society must overcome its stereotyped vision of offenders. It must accept, support and welcome back former prisoners into its workplace, families, schools, places of worship, communities, cultural institutions.

Art created by prisoners must be freed from its constraints, leave the prisons where it originated and be seen by the general public.


GIVING A VOICE TO PRISONERS

Those who cannot be heard

Constrained in a closed world, those prisoners choose to express their emotions through art. They reveal to the public their fights, their fears, their loneliness, and their dreams underpinned by spirituality and hope.

 

 

A. - Roumanie
A. , Roumania


150 ARTWORKS – 150 LIFE STORIES

Changing destiny through Art

Thanks to art, they are able to believe again in an improbable future. These works of art remind us that they are people like the rest of us, with talent, humor, and skills that they can contribute to society. The awakening of their creativity allows them to escape from their confined situation and to bring a new meaning to their life. Public recognition of their work helps them regain self-confidence and believe that they can successfully reintegrate society.

The artwork shows that a prisoner is a person like the rest of us, with creative potential and skills that can contribute to society.

Therefore It is essential that “Half a Square Meter of Freedom” be exhibited in Paris, a leading world center for art.

James - USA
James, United-States


“VOICES FROM PRISON”
A MULTIFACETED CULTURAL PROGRAM WHICH CHALLENGES OUR VISION OF PRISON

« Voices from prison » proposes to the public an exchange on the universal theme of confinement from a unique point of view: the artistic expression of prisoners from all aver the world.
While prison is characterized by its opacity and its silences, this series of events is a unique opportunity to question the role given to it by society and to discover the emerging analyses on prison and possible alternatives to prison.

 Painters, designers, musicians, photographers, poets, film directors, cultural workers, architects, writers, sociologists, criminologists, representatives from the prison and justice systems, volunteers… will examine how confinement effects self-esteem and the prisoner role in society after his release.

 During these various events, a panel of speakers will review what are the stakes for reinsertion, alternative sentences to confinement, and the fight against re-offending around a central issue: the room for humanity in the world of prison.

Link to the program of events

 

TESTIMONY BY A RESPECTED AND WELL KNOWN ARTIST / FORMER PRISONER
Berthet One, an artist who discovered his skills in jail

“For the ordinary public, to see an exhibition of artworks from prisoners is really surprising. To see that prisoners have talent and sensitivity. As far as I am concerned, I can tell you that art simply saved me.”

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Your contributions are the key !

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We truly hope you will be part of this ambitious and human project !

THE ORGANISERS

The exhibition will take place at dorothy’s gallery, American Center for the Arts (27 rue Keller – 75011 Paris).

The organisers of this exhibition are all non-profit associations :

“Art et Prison France”
French Association founded to make possible the arrival in Paris of the international exhibition of art created in prison.
Its founders are:

  • Bruno Lavolé, former senior bank executive
  • François Charron, former senior bank executive and Curator of the « Talents Cachés », annual exhibitions which present artworks from prisons from all over the Paris region.
  • Inga Lavolé-Khavkina, documentary film maker


“Dorothy’s Gallery, American Center for the Arts

American Art Gallery, cultural center founded in 2006, dedicated to the democratization of art, bringing cultures together and enlarging  art networks.

  • Dorothy Polley, founder and president

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“Art and Prison e.V.”
Not-Profit Organisation founded in Berlin in 2009 by Peter Echtermeyer, organiser of the international art contest for art by prisoners with more than 1000 entries from more than 40 countries. 250 artworks were selected by a jury of artists and exhibited in Berlin. More than 150 of those will come to Paris.

  • Peter Echtermeyer has been active with prisoners for more than 20 years and has held responsibilities in international organisations supporting prisoners.
  • Cornelia Harmel, german artist and exhibition curator of “half a square meter of freedom”.

For more information: www.artandprisonberlin.jimdo.com

 

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“Art et Prison France”
In order to organize this upcoming  international exhibition of art created in prison a french association “Art et Prison France” has been created by Inga Lavolé-Khavkina, Bruno Lavolé and François Charron. 

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And the support of Ensemble contre la Récidive

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The Koestler Trust (GB)

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Carceropolis

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ANVP

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and will have as Ambassadors

the Iranian photographer REZA

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and the French cartoonist BERTHET ONE.

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HALF A SQUARE METER OF FREEDOM from Inga Lavole-Khavkina on Vimeo.