From Prison’s Horrors
A Work of Art
Haunted by the suffocating horror and hopelessness he witnessed in Haiti’s national prison, this artist finds solace in his work.
Accused of arson, Paul Junior Casimir spent a year there, awaiting a trial that never was scheduled. He is one of the lucky ones; others have died waiting. Freed only because aid workers recognized his talent and a non-profit organization was willing to work on his case, upon release, Casimir began frantically building an art installation that recreates the hell he experienced.
Casimir, 35, hopes the project, a traveling installation called “Enfermé, Libéré” [Locked Up, Freed] will draw public attention and help build momentum for change.
Thus beings our story from Haiti, just published in The Atlantic Magazine (and in Haiti in Creole), on of the world’s most horrifying human rights abuses.
Click the image above to read (and view photographs) about the way in which this “artist works through the trauma he experienced while jailed at Haiti’s Port-au-Prince prison, a place where inmates languish in dire conditions, often without trial, for years.”
For more from our on-going reporting project, Haiti Uncovered, click HERE. Lots of incredible reporting yet to come!
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