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Free translation is a multi-disciplinary exhibition showcasing international works as part of Prison Outside #2. This is the online version of the exhibition, which is shown at MAA-tila in Helsinki from November 15-29, 2018.

This collection of artworks is generated from an open call to incarcerated people, ex-convicts, and anyone affected by imprisonment. This call is open to all ages. This exhibition will make use of the translation process as we will interact and create new artworks in the gallery space. Your works on view will encourage the audience to prompt dialogue, inspire thoughts, and creatively activate the space. Your voice is heard and recognized. If you would like to contribute artwork, you may send it

Next to each picture you are welcome to add your translation of that piece. It can be in text, visual, or video format. Your translations and interpretations only inspires more thoughts, feelings, and perspectives to be shared, to be sparked, and to be challenged.

Prison Outside is centred on the subjects of imprisonment, justice, and the role of the arts in the relationships between people in prisons and people outside. We are interested in perceptions of incarcerated people and ex-convicts in the society, and how we can break the stereotypes and support each other. We focus on artistic practices, be it prisoners’ own initiatives or designed educational projects that promote self-expression, solidarity and communication between people of all walks of life. We also offer a platform for production of artistic projects related to imprisonment, currently with a focus on Finland and Russia.

We have been continuously supported by Kone Foundation.


Free Translation is a continuously growing online gallery that exhibits art by people affected by incarceration. The viewer’s contributed interpretation to the works exhibited open dialogue and unknown perspectives to be revealed.

You are welcome to submit a piece of work by emailing Arlene Tucker at translationisdialogue(at) Please state the title of the piece, your name or pseudonym, and date. You are free to use any medium that best expresses your idea.

Free Translation is a collaborative initiative between Translation is Dialogue and Prison Outside. Keep informed of happenings by visiting and

Please note that the artist is responsible for posting the artworks to be included in the exhibition. By sending us your artworks you give consent to putting them on Prison Space and Translation is Dialogue websites, social media outlets, and including them in the exhibition in Helsinki and online. If for any reason, you wish to be anonymous, please state that clearly. We reserve a right to exhibit a selected number of works.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your artwork!

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Richmond City Justice Center students - Mixed media, 2015

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