JAILBREAK: Art and Soul Art Exhibit and Benefit Sale by AHRC
To break the stereotype that people have against the inmates in jail.
This was the vision that inspired seventeen law students from Ateneo de Manila University School of Law to showcase the craftsmanship of Maximum Security Compound inmates ...through a painting exhibit held last December 2010. Fueled by the same vision, Jail Break is an endeavor to present these paintings to more people and to break more stereotypes. It also aims to share with everyone the artistry that only the confined spaces and the cold bars of prison can instill. By sharing the inmates’ work of art, Jail Break seeks to show each viewer the emotions, thoughts, regrets, hopes, and longings of the inmates that society’s stereotypic frames fail to capture.
About the Artists
KULAY (Kultura at Layunin) Group of Artists is an association of inmates in the Maximum Security Compound of the Bureau of Corrections. Formally organized in 18 May 2000 with 24 inmates as members, KULAY has since then participated in a number of exhibits in the country. Through exhibit participation, KULAY provides avenues on which the inmates’ paintings are introduced to patrons of art. Payments given by the patrons in exchange of the paintings are used in helping the finances of the inmates’ families.
About the Ateneo Human Rights Center
The Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) was established in 1986 as one of the first university-based institutions engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines. AHRC strives to do its part in espousing the university’s challenge that every Atenean should use the gift of excellence to be “lux in Domino” – light in the Lord.
To this date, AHRC has exposed at least 600 Ateneo law students to human rights advocacy. The same exposure is being given to students from provincial schools through AHRC’s internship replication program.