Encouraged by Robert Badinter, photographer Bettina Rheims made a series of portraits of imprisoned women in 2014 entitled “Detainees”.
This project, supported by the penitentiary administration, confronts the prison world with that of artistic creation; in a complex dialogue, she questions the construction and representation of femininity in spaces of deprivation of liberty and confinement.
From these meetings, volunteers, were born striking portraits that send us back to the view we have on detention.
The “Detainees” series offers a window of conversation with the sensitive and little-known world of detention. These women photographed in prison, in an improvised studio, were able to engage with the photographer in a process of rebuilding their feminine identity and begin a work of restoration of their image.
Sainte-Chapelle du Château de Vincennes
2 Cours des Maréchaux 75012 Paris France
February 09, 2018 to April 30, 2018