A group exhibition at VERGE GALLERY
Curated by Carrie Miller featuring Lucas Davidson, Debra Dawes, Anne Ferran, Sylvia Griffin and Carolyn McKay
July 16 – August 8 2015
Regimes of punishment impose duration on perceived offenders and social exiles: prisoners, asylum seekers and psychiatric inmates do time within enclosed environments. In the contemporary context of increasing levels of incarceration, Doing Time brings together a range of voices with five artists at the centre, providing a nexus for diverse perspectives. It is within a critical spirit that the artists engage with the conception of doing time. In a number of ways, they consider the idea of temporality as it shapes our understanding of detention, confinement, isolation and incarceration and how these regimes of punishment in turn impact on the confined’s experience of time. The works in Doing Time contribute to alternative discourses around the politics and ethics of imprisonment and its subjects. Through their work these artists help us to acknowledge that while certain subjects have a seemingly remarkable capacity for doing time, others have time done to them.