WITH AND WITHOUT IDENTITY
With and Without Identity is the finding of an ethnographic investigation into the construct of the criminal ‘other’.
As an installation of stills and texts taken from filmed interviews it aims to magnify issues that surround the visual representation of prisoners. Culturally it is interested in the role images play the construction of myths and how aesthetics form the signposts by which criminals are identified and categorised. Because prisoners are under the care of the State, questions of agency and identity become associated with censorship and risk.
This exhibition asks that we consider how one set of institutionalised practises designed to control and protect, might actually enable another with the power to label and dehumanise.