Laure TIXIER / Map with a view – Géométrie de l’enfermement 




Map with a view – Géométrie de l’enfermement
Inventaire de 33 architectures carcérales dans le monde
Sérigraphies sur papier velin BFK rives 300gr.
40 x 40 cm
Édition 33 exemplaires
1900 €


At first sight, Map with a view is a series of black abstract forms. Then one realizes that it is a collection of plans of prisons from all over the world.
This inventory of confinement geometries, of « social orthopaedics » spaces as Michel Foucault would call them, is made of around thirty prisons from different geographical and historical origins. Some of them no longer exist (the children’s prison la Petite Roquette in Paris which is now a park; Millbank prison in London has become the Tate Britain…); others have been reassigned (memorials and prison-museum such as Robben Island in South Africa, Indian Cellular Jail in India or Round House who is the oldest building still standing in Western Australia; museums like the Panoptico in Bogota which is currently the National Museum of Columbia;); other prisons are still operated.
Several years after using Piranese’s (Dolci Carceri) imaginary prisons in her works, Laure Tixier looks back on their architecture. One day, while finding her way in the 14th arrondissement of Paris, she discovered on Google Earth a blurred area corresponding to the prison de la Santé. She wanted to give
shape to this black hole in the middle of the city. The historical thread is woven from the geographical research. The geometry of confinement has a long story : it was brought from Russia by Jeremy Bentham, germinated in London, flourished in America and brought into France by Alexis de Tocqueville. European countries established and multiplied prisons in their colonies – Asia and Africa – where they did not exist. Today, they are overpopulated.

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