Mapping Detention – Arts & Human Rights in Practice
A discussion with Manu Krishan & Dan Paz
17:30 – 19:00, Friday, May 13
As part of the current exhibition at ENTRE, Broken on a Wheel, we are pleased to host an online discussion between exhibiting artist Dan Paz and human rights researcher Manu Krishan.
Moderated by Marilyn Volkman
Please join us for a conversation at the intersection of two mapping projects aimed at securing and protecting the rights of children, youth and their surrounding communities: The sun by Dan Paz, and the mapping report of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
Manu Krishan and Dan Paz will delve into the motives and inner-workings of these two projects, discussing the role mapping plays in each of their personal research practices, and considering the potential for collaboration between arts and human rights practices, and how the irrespective lenses might overlap and combine in taking action.
Dan Paz is a visual artist and researcher whose work brings a critical and aesthetic lens to the
architecture of space, developing projects that build a genealogy of how power articulates itself through image production and access to information. Paz researches the commodification of lives to further understand, through image-making and emergent technologies, how light and shadow are used as a mechanism of power. In addition to questioning traditional representational modalities with a research-based approach to the labor and circulation of images, Paz uses an expanded approach to ‘imaging’ through mimicry and fidelity in cast and sculptural objects. Paz’s projects and collaborations have been featured in Hayward Gallery London, UK; the 12th Havana Biennial, Havana, CU; The Media lab, NYC; The Lee Center for the Arts, The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA; Holding Contemporary, Portland, OR. Currently, Dan Paz is the exhibiting artist at ENTRE Gallery in Vienna, Austria.
Manu Krishan is a human rights researcher and the Global Study Programme Manager at Global Campus of Human Rights (GCHR) in Venice. Manu’s current research is focused on children’s rights, particularly on ethical considerations when researching with and for children. During the implementation of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Manu was the Coordinator and Assistant to the Independent Expert leading the Study, based first at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights followed by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. Before the Global Study, Manu was engaged in CWIN/ECPAT in Kathmandu, Nepal and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vienna, Austria. Manu studied philosophy before graduating from the predecessor program of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights at the University of Vienna, and his work has taken him to Australia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and many other countries.
Marilyn Volkman is the director of ENTRE gallery and the Artistic Program Manager of the Vienna Master of Arts in Applied Human Rights at the University of Applied Arts.
Broken On A Wheel traces the history and economies of punishment through image-making, objects, and gestures to think through our proximity to the prison industrial complex as an ongoing militarized project. Using soap, food trays, and the mugshot, the project engages in a material inquiry between shared municipal spaces that are the closest to, and take from, the body in order to ask: Does one ever recover from incarceration? What is the history of institutionalized violence?
Continuing an inquiry into exposure, both ideological and discursive, Broken On A Wheel uses
photographic space to compare the aesthetics and history of institutional architecture, industrialized violence, and carceral geographies. Taking its name from Michael Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, Broken On A Wheel describes the transition of the sovereign’s power of public execution to penitentiary practices, where punishment was intended to better equivocate the crime. In 1789, this shift was experienced in much of Europe, France, and specifically Austria.
Approaching the project as an artist working in education, the exhibition seeks to make linkages between carceral and institutional environments analyzing forms of controlled spatial collectivity. In doing so, Paz traces modern prison reform to better understand the proximity to corporal punishment and its lasting psychological and global effect on lives, families, and communities. The exhibition runs until 20 May 2022 at ENTRE Burggasse 24/4 | 1070 Vienna | www.entrevienna.com
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