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Parrhesia and Prison

Cummins, Jonathan (2015) Parrhesia and Prison. In: Experiencing Prison: 6th Global Conference. Probing the Boundaries, Dubrovnik, Croatia. n/a. [Conference contribution]

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A prisoner is rarely in a position to engage in dialogue with society regarding his or her experience of prison as it is lived. Such conversations require parrhesia - ‘speaking one’s mind’ or ‘fearless speech’—on the one hand and listening on the other. Working as a teacher and artist with prisoners for over ten years, video-artist/filmmaker Jonathan Cummins aimed to create a space, which was autonomous to the gaze of the prison, a place where participants were free to speak and enquire on their terms. What emerged was a collaborative process where the balance of knowledge and its framing relied on the prisoner. The films that developed from this engagement offer us new insights about prison and prisoner in a process that positions prisoner as citizen.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Other)
Keywords:Prison. Parrhesia. Paramilitary. Political prisoner. Ireland. Art. Film. Ideology. Listening. Pedagogy.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:31882
Deposited By: Mr Jonathan Cummins
Deposited On:18 Apr 2018 14:46
Last Modified:18 Apr 2018 14:46

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