Saturday, May 25, 2024

From Behind Prison Walls: Art of Puerto Rican Patriots


Caption and poster credits: Fireworks
Additional documentation thanks to Freedom Archives

Many of the Puerto Rican Prisoners and Prisoners of War are accomplished artists. Some began painting, ceramics, and other forms of art while imprisoned. Elizam Escobar was an accomplished artist before he was imprisoned. This was an art exhibition of his work done inside prison. He believed that art could be used to promote and influence social change. In his words: “Prison reconfirms the great importance of art in our lives, not only to move the struggle for social and political change forward, but because the profound reflection and intensification that art requires helps us to better understand the real necessities and the true sense of individual and collective freedom. Thus, art becomes a weapon of symbolic exchange.”

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