The “Healing Walls” (2004) project led by Mural Arts Philadelphia cherishes the artistic partnership among men in prison, victims of crime, and victim advocates, and helps break down barriers between them.
Originally conceived as a single, collaborative work, the plan fell apart when the two groups could not be united in their views. Instead, two murals—Inmate’s Journey and Victim’s Journey by Cesar Viveros and Parris Stancell—were created adjacent to each other. During the creative process, the project took on a life of its own and it started bridging very profound gaps between people.
The documentary film Concrete, Steel and Paint (2009) presents the complex story behind the creation of these murals. It captures how the project challenges both sides to recognise and respect each other’s essential humanity and worth—a small, but significant step toward a more healing and restorative form of justice.
This session of Tai Kwun Conversations addresses the healing and restorative power of art and highlights its capacity to facilitate dialogue on difficult issues—such as, punishment, remorse, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It begins with a film screening of Concrete, Steel and Paint (55 mins), followed by conversations with the speakers.
The conversations will be conducted in English, with English-Chinese simultaneous interpretation.
Image: Healing Walls (Victim’s Journey) © 2004 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Parris Stancell & Cesar Viveros, 3065 Germantown Avenue. Photo by Jack Ramsdale.
Jane Golden | Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia
Tony Heriza | Director of the film Concrete, Steel and Paint
7pm – 8pm
Screening (In English with English Subtitles | Category I)
8pm – 8:30pm
The content of the conversations might be subject to change, please refer to latest updates at www.taikwun.hk
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