'My Life in There'
Photographic project 'My Life in There' was founded by photographer Pawel Maksymow in 2010 at the unit for criminals with psychiatric disorders in Areszt Śledczy Prison in Kielce, Poland.
The project is an installation of photographs, sound and video in which the prisoner finds rehabilitation through the process of its realisation.
Comprising of twenty-one portraits of inmates, the photographs communicate the emotions, suffering, loneliness, pain and unspeakable guilt of their subjects.
'My Life in There' represents a personal journey in Maksymow's own life as his inspiration was his uncle who spent 26 years in prison for various crimes, returning after each release. The portraits explore how the prisoners treat the prison as their own home, a place of asylum, where they achieve status and hierarchy within their units.
Photographs depict a narrative on the prison and prisoners, forming psychological portraits to reveal their crimes and also the longing for a return to normal...