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Jugendknast (youth prison project)

Jugendknast (poster collaboration)

While living in Germany I created a series of projects, frequently collaborating with other artists, to raise awareness of the human rights violations at Weimar’s youth prison. After completing a poster campaign, animation and blog I constructed a “roadside” style memorial on the prison fence, with flowers, stuffed animals, candles and text from articles and reports about the prison conditions, recent suicides and other traumas. Flowers were added and candles lit everyday for a month. Articles were written about the work in the local papers, adding to the prison’s visibility.  For the final part of the project, a public discussion was organized to take place in front of the memorial with local social workers, politicians, students and former prisoners.  www.jugendknast.blogspot.com

Memorial

Weimar newspaper


Memorial

Memorial


Red thread

Red thread

In 2007 I tied a quote from the CPT report about the human rights violations happening at the local youth prison (Weimar) to the prison fence. With six balls of yarn, and intending to make it to the center of town, I began slowly walking away from the prison letting the red thread fall behind me and follow me.


“A few hours later I got the courage to go and see what had happened with the string. To my surprise, it had been moved further into the city, quite a ways from where I had left it. This meant somebody had continued my task after I left it.  I followed the string, curious to see where it would take me. It blew across the road in front of the Gauforum and continued on its way. There were so many people everywhere, I watched a frustrated couple trying to untangle their baby carriage from the thread.  I found the other end at the crosswalk, it was in a young boys hand. He was crossing the street… I watched him continue towards town dragging the thread behind him.”