For the 1st sessions, this project took place in the prison library. It naturally focused on the theme of reading: how do you choose a book? What are the emotions you are looking for? What do they say about us? And what do we have in common with other readers? Accompanied by the Rennes-based painters of the McClane Studio, a dozen inmates participated in the creation of a common story and the realization of a mural in the activity room of the Remand Prison: as the sessions progressed, some excerpts from readings took up more space than others, and the inmates were able to produce a collective production, such as a story or a testimony between literature and painting.
The aim of this project was to encourage, through the exchange and pooling of literary experience, the creation of a common work in the form of a mural. 11 inmates and 3 staff members participated in the 18 workshops held over 10 days.
This residency was carried out in partnership with the DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the Préfecture du Doubs, and the SPIP.
The McClane workshop is a duo of artists based in Rennes, composed of Julia Crinon and Hugo Marchal. We started working together at the beginning of 2013, motivated by our common influences and our practice of drawing. Silk-screen printing and self-publishing have been a way to gain autonomy, to spread our work ourselves and to evolve in alternative scenes imbued with a strong ethic. Today, if self-publishing and silk-screen printing remain central to our work, we have opened up to other practices (installations, murals, photography…) and all of them overlap and meet continuously.