„Between here and there” is the theme of the fourth international art competition that the non-profit organization Art and Prison e.V. is announcing for imprisoned individuals. Artworks from women, men and adolescents in correctional institutions will be awarded prizes. A jury of art experts will decide the winners. The artworks entered in the competition will become part of a unique collection of „prison art“ that will be shown throughout Europe in a travelling exhibition. Previous collections were shown, for example, at the German Palace of Justice in Berlin, in the American Center for the Arts in Paris, in the Lichtenstein National Museum in Vaduz and in the Munich Palace of Justice. The art competition, the exhibition, accompanying publications and a targeted publicity campaign want to make the public aware of the realities of life in prison.
Art is the universal language that connects people. It can build a bridge „between here and there“. It can also signal the breakdown of communal life. It places no limit on the imagination. Through the realization of this theme, paintings can be created that help correct misconceptions and put into question prejudices. Artworks created by prisoners can change our perceptions of „good and evil“, „free or not free“, „innocent or guilty“. Societal and personal realities as well as the personal destiny of the prisoners come to light when „between here and there“ the freedom of art is filled with life and opens internal spaces that have no bars.