Monash Faculty Gallery ‘The Barwon Interviews’ Natasha Carrington

Natasha Carrington, The Barwon Interviews, 2012, film still. Courtesy of the artist.

An upcoming exhibition The Barwon Interviews by Natasha Carrington at the Faculty Gallery will take visitors to prison, where twelve anonymous men describe their experiences of incarceration.

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.

Carrington states: “I wanted to understand how they adapt, manage relationships and respond to the punitive mechanisms of the institution. The hard edge of cells, locks and razor wire, all definitive metaphors of deprivation, are not apparent here. Nor is the prisoner a docile subject given over to the discourse that flows through him.”

Carrington is currently completing her PhD in the Department of Fine Arts at Monash University. She has conducted and edited these interviews to create large-scale video projections. Legal and ethical requirements for non-identity imposed by the Department of Justice meant that the prisoners could not be recognisable either visually, or through voice. Included in this exhibition is Carrington’s correspondence with the Department of Justice Human Research Ethics Committee, Corrections Victoria and the prisoners who participated in the research.

The Barwon Interviews will be on display at the Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield from 14-21 April 2012. Entry is free.

Opening Night: Wednesday 18 April from 5-7pm.

Exhibition Hours: The Faculty Gallery is open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 12-5pm on Saturday.

Venue: Faculty Gallery, Art Design & Architecture Building, Monash University, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield.