17 April–04 May, 2013
The Barwon Interviews.
The hard edge of cells, locks and razor wire, all definitive metaphors of deprivation are not apparent in this filmic representation of incarceration. Nor is the prisoner a docile subject given over to the discourse that flows through him as Foucault contends. In this experience first recorded on site at Barwon prison, twelve prisoners present a complex narrative of individual agency, emotional tension, and subversion towards the correctional system. The ethical claims for non-identity that surrounded filming meant that the prisoners’ should not be identifiable either visually, or through voice recognition. The ‘self’, as Deleuze identifies, has many guises, and language as many textures. By hiding the prisoners’ identity the body becomes a site of simultaneous appearances. This anonymity that the work assumes aims to challenge the way we encounter the ‘self’, as much as it serves as a signifier for questions about ‘otherness’.