writing and art beyond walls, beyond borders

ACT19 Prison Life Now and Past
Visuals arts and haiku poetry
8 October - 28 November 2013
Dendermonde prison, BE
artist: Tine Van Lent, Hedwig Aerts, and Diederik De Beir

PRISON LIFE NOW AND PAST. VISUAL ARTS AND HAIKU POETRY is a combination of haiku and illustration. Haiku poets and creative writers Hedwig Aerts and Diederik De Beir taught how to write haiku as a dense, poetic form to convey personal impressions, memories and experiences. Short verse and prose reflect upon time, space and nature. Illustrator and tutor Tine Van Lent initiated techniques of book making, collage and illustration. Each inmate made a personal diary (art book) combining haiku with a visual element.

Both creations come together in the personal art book of the inmates. Tine Van Lent made a selection of these creations and reworked them into a postcard and poster series, containing both image and word.

The project received special attention from Japan. The Mission of Japan to the EU brought a Haiku Post Box from Japan into the prison. Inmates participated in a haiku contest. As a result one inmate won a prestigious haiku prize from Matsuyama City.