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Olek – Kiss The Future

Olek recently returned to her mother country, visiting a women’s prison in Poland for an art project involving the residents.

As she says: ‘I made them feel important and useful. I am changing my ticket, staying here longer to spend more time with the Polish ladies. I feel they need it. Or, maybe it is me who need them’

The piece reads ‘pocałunek przyszłość’, or ‘kiss the future’, in Polish.

Here’s a bunch of images from her time there so far, we’ll let the pictures do the talking…

kiss the future jail by olek 02

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Prison, mis-quotes and freedom

The last few days have been pretty busy for criminal cases involving writers. First the good news: Revok tweeted yesterday that he’s out of prison after 44 days, albeit the freedom costing him $24k and its seems there was also an early release for London’s 10Foot.

So far, so good. And then we come to TOX. No stranger to court, controversy and vitriol from various staff and crew of London’s transport infrastructure. That he’s been sent down again is not a great surprise. What has been shocking as the that ‘journalism’ being employed by papers such as The Guardian and the usual comments on their story by all the ‘outraged’ readers. You can view it here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/jun/07/tox-graffiti-artist-criminal-damage

EINE, called as a Defence witness, made the point that the TOX tags were crude and therefore could have been done by anyone. A valid point within a court case and one that placed the burden of proof on to the Prosecution team. But you have to wonder why the Defence called Ben as a witness? Were no other UK-based writers available or did they want to use his stature to try and persuade the Judge to go easy on TOX? Either way it appears to have back fired with The Guardian jumping on some out of context quotes he made about it’s worth as “art” and the people who bought the TOX prints.

Colourful Barz

In 2009 Josh Piehl, Will Dempsey, Tom Collister and Darren Austin were sentenced to a combined sentence of over 6 years in prison for £60,000 worth of damage to the south eastern train line. In this documentary we follow the life of Josh Piehl, we dig deeper finding out who Josh Piehl really is, where he’s come from and his plans of sharing with the world his raw artistic talent.