Marta Kosiorek - photos


The prisoners function in a monotonous world. Their surroundings do not change. This is a world with a limited number of stimuli. As Erving Goffman states in his “Characteristics of Total Institutions”: "In prison, all aspects of life are conducted in the same place and under the same single authority. Each phase of the member's daily activity will be carried out in the immediate company of a large batch of others and required to do the same thing together “.

During my visits to prisons I tried to capture how inmates transplant reality from the outside to prison conditions. Common objects are often reinvented in a new context. All this is done to mark their personal space and to give the feeling of autonomy.

This project was started while I was in the Sputnik Photos Mentorship Program.

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