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Show Your Solidarity by Lucy Ganley

Exhibition  /  Jplus Award   Selected Graduate 2017  /  15 Nov 2017  -  01 Dec 2017
Published: 03.11.2017
Show Your Solidarity by Lucy Ganley.
Hannah Gallery
Management:
Amador Bertomeu, Leo Caballero
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Intro
Klimt02 organizes an exhibiton with Lucy Ganley, winner of the JPlus graduate award 2017. Ganley has pursued an unusual direction for jewellery and has done this imaginatively, thoughtfully and thoroughly. Her embroidered paper brooches tell of the divide between inside and outside, and of the conditions of prison life.
 

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Lucy Ganley

This project started by me exploring not only how we value objects but also how we value people. During my initialresearch I decided to take a closer look at, and concentrate on the prison system, and its treatment of inmates. The gathering of evidence and facts started with a visit to Eastern State Penitentiary located in Philadelphia USA. The prison is ‘famed’ for introducing the practice of 24hr solitary confinement, and separately, the once unique architectural design of the prison subsequently influenced prison architecture throughout the world, including London's Pentonville prison.

After a fascinating tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary, I began to question the very nature of prison. I wanted to further explore the different aspects of a world I had no experience of, and could never really comprehend. I found reading the prisoners stories the most informative and honest - this is where my pieces take their main inspiration from.
 
Behaviour Modification is a technique used by the prison system to try and increase or decrease a particular type of behavior. One of these modification techniques is to feed inmates ‘Nutra Loaf‘ - made from the blended ingredients of an entire meal which is then baked. What I found particularly interesting was how they served it, instead of a food tray you are given your meal in a brown paper bag.
This is considered by many to be a form of punishment and some states in the U.S have chosen to ban the practice in an attempt to ‘humanise' how they treat inmates.
 
The words stitched into the paper are quotes found on the cell walls of Reading prison, and also from letters I received from prisoners along with drawings. These powerful words reflect a viewpoint and voice we, the ‘onlookers’, would never usually hear.
 
The font of the texts is also significant, for example - a number of light switches in the
prison, comically had ‘room service' written on them!

I wanted to juxtapose the two following experiences, one of being in prison and the other staying at a luxury hotel. The font was inspired by hotel branding.  
These brooches are made from brown paper and can be crushed easily to highlight the asymmetric fight of a prisoner verse the prison system.

My volunteering in a prison sewing class, re-affirmed to me the project's importance of ‘communicating the prisoner’s words’.
Through the pieces I wanted to show the value in their point of view, they are the ones living each day in prison, they are experiencing it first hand. It was a collaboration with them.Through the wearing of the brooches, people show solidarity to inmates.


 

Opening

Wednesday 15th November from 19:30 h
Lucy Ganley. Brooch: I am more, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape. 15 x 10 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: I am more, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape
15 x 10 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: Prison is Good Business, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape. 10 x 7 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: Prison is Good Business, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape
10 x 7 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: Property of HMP, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape. 15 x 5 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: Property of HMP, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape
15 x 5 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Object: Paper Plane, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, tin, acrylic paint. 25 x 20 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Object: Paper Plane, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, tin, acrylic paint
25 x 20 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: The world is a mess, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver brooch back. 7 x 7 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: The world is a mess, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver brooch back
7 x 7 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: Bums on Beds, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver brooch back. 7 x 7 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: Bums on Beds, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver brooch back
7 x 7 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: Ben's Cell, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape. 55 x 25 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: Ben's Cell, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape
55 x 25 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: Inmate, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape. 5 x 5 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: Inmate, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape
5 x 5 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: Fuck the Law, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape. 7 x 5 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: Fuck the Law, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape
7 x 5 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Brooch: Keith's box, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape. 15 x 10 x 5 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Brooch: Keith's box, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread, silver, steel wire, masking tape
15 x 10 x 5 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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Lucy Ganley. Object: Paper Bag, 2017. Paper bag, cotton thread. 30 x 15 x 10 cm. Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02. Lucy Ganley
Object: Paper Bag, 2017
Paper bag, cotton thread
30 x 15 x 10 cm
Awarded at: JPLUS Graduate Award 2017 by Klimt02
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