RIGHT TO THE IMAGE
CURATED BY ERIC SOYER
In 2015, the supervisors of Arles’ penitentiary decided to offer prisoners a photography workshop. Jean-Michel Gremillet, who creates artistic initiatives for prisons, approached Christophe Loiseau, who has a long background in diverse social spheres. Interviewing the prisoners on both their self-perception and how they wish to be perceived, he created these “story-portraits”. The participants were given a collective opportunity to use the camera. The artist did not intend the work as a report on prison life, indeed, the prison as an object was almost never discernible. The primary purpose of the workshop was simply to allow them to create these self-representations.
Christophe Loiseau, Christophe G., 4/20/16. Courtesy of the artist.