Prison doesn’t just affect the incarcerated. Families are left without a parent, a child or a sibling.Communities left with a hole where a person once was.
Kōrero Pono, a multi media exhibition created by JustSpeak, is travelling the country, giving a voice to those with lived experience of the justice system.
The exhibition features the intimate stories of sixteen Kiwis who have been affected by incarceration. The stories run alongside portraits by a number of Kiwi artists including Marianne Muggeridge, Xoë Hall and John Crawford.
JustSpeak Director, Tania Sawicki Mead, says the project shares the importance of investing in solutions that resolve harm, rather than believing that punishment will provide accountability.
“Kōrero Pono simply translates to honest talk, which is what we need when it comes to incarceration in New Zealand,” she says.
“The stories, and accompanied artworks, come together as a powerful exhibition that speaks to the long term consequences of prison on family members, on job prospects and our collective failure to address the complex drivers of harm such as family violence, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental distress,” she says.
The exhibition challenges the stigma faced by people who have been affected by the criminal justice system.The project seeks to build awareness of the collateral consequences of imprisonment on people, whānau and communities.
Full dates and details:
Nelson | Refinery Artspace / 3 Halifax Street | 3 June - 26 June
Christchurch | Exchange Gallery / 376 Wilsons Rd, Waltham | 30 June - 5 July
Dunedin | Otago Museum / 419 Great King Street | 8 July - 15 July
Auckland | Toi Tū / 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby | 2 Sept - 15 Sept
See the exhibition online.