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See the exhibition Six Norwegian Prisons. Ideas, Spaces, Experiences

See the exhibition Six Norwegian Prisons. Ideas, Spaces, Experiences

This project began with the questions: How have different ideas about prisons been reflected in prison architecture over time? And how is that architecture, in turn, experienced by prisoners? The exhibition by Sophie Angelis, Hedda Giertsen, Elisabeth Tostrup, Zahra Memarianpour, is now online.

Prisons vary: in size, in level of security and regimes, in material conditions and facilities, in traditions and culture.
 
But they have some fundamental characteristics in common. They are about locking people up; they are run by authoritarian regimes; and they rely on control and in the end on solitary confinement.
 
Within these fundamentals, they also intend to rehabilitate prisoners.

‍This digital exhibition describes six generations of Norwegian prisons according to:
  • official ideas about the purposes of prisons from 1850 through today
  • architectural drawings, photos of sites, buildings and interiors. Timelines show frequencies and length of time that prisoners spend in sites for rehabilitation, isolation and control.
  • social consequences of imprisonment described by prisoners’ experiences.
     
See the exhibition here
 
The project is a collaboration between US Fulbright Foundation, The Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo and The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

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