Writer, curator, critic, and founder of we-make-money-not-art.com, Régine Debatty took the time to interview Anastasia, Sonny, and myself about Let It Out.
Read all about it in the article, Using art to build bridges between people living in prison and people outside.
It was an honour to have been asked to make an interview with Jessica Poikkijoki from Kulturredaktör Österbottens Tidning. She asked me many meaningful questions that gave me the opportunity to reflect upon why I do what I do and what Let it Out means to me. This is all part of the process!
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“Let It Out” is an artistic collaboration that encourages exchange between young people affected by imprisonment in Russia and in Finland. This exchange will be facilitated using rap composition and translation techniques, resulting in a collaborative multimedia artwork.
Behind this collaborative project is a team of transnational artists, musicians and educators. Anastasia Artemeva is the manager of Prison Outside - a project dedicated to possibilities and ways of connecting with people in and after prison. Arlene Tucker is the author of the ongoing art installation Translation is Dialogue. One aspect of this project is a pedagogical approach to make art by using translation techniques. This process allows awareness of how one would like to communicate creatively and to build paths for understanding. Sonny “Elinkautinen” Black is a rap musician based in Helsinki. He has experienced imprisonment firsthand. Sonny works directly with youth in the streets of east Helsinki and through correction institutions all over Finland, making music, singing, and encouraging young people to follow their dreams. In Russia we plan to work with non-governmental organisations that support young offenders in juvenile prisons and correction schools.
Arlene Tucker: author and curator of TID