Valerio Buspuri‘s work from South American prisons is on view at Perpignan now. Buspuri says:

“A ten-year trip visiting 74 prisons for men and women in every South American country turned out to be a portrait of the continent, describing troubles, violence and massive overcrowding, as well as lifestyle, habits and the mood of the inmates. The story offers an in-depth view of the mind and soul of prisoners.”

Prisons as a portrait of a continent? That’s pretty bleak and too reductive for me.

The image of the prisoner using a “bathroom” probably sums up the vast differences in prisons between North and South American prisons; securing basic sanitary conditions is more of a concern than the other pressing issues of rehabilitation, and fair legal process.

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