Geneva-based political cartoonist Patrick Chapatte and Swiss investigative journalist Anne-Frederique Widmann got together and organised an exhibition of artworks created by death-row prisoners called Windows on death row.
This unique art exhibition was inaugurated in Los Angeles last October. Death-row inmates from all over the US share their daily lives on death row and the reality of a merciless prison system through their art. Here, art opens up a window into the controversial issue of capital punishment by revealing the views of the prisoners.
The collection will be exhibited in Geneva from Saturday 5 March 2016 until 30 April 2016 at Geneva’s Bibliothèque de la Cité, Place des Trois-Perdrix 5, 1204 Geneva and from 4 March until 8 May 2016 at the Maison du Dessin de Presse, rue Louis de Savoie 39, 1110 Morges.
It will also be shown at at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights from 3 March until 13 March 2016.
The Swiss pair behind this exhibition both have very interesting backgrounds. Patrick Chapatte, who lives between Los Angeles and Geneva, was born in Karachi, Pakistan, to a Lebanese mother and a Swiss father who raised him in Switzerland and Singapore. He draws for the Swiss newspapers Le Temps and Neue Zürcher Zeitung and for the International New York Times.
Anne-Frédérique Widmann is an investigative journalist, director and producer who was born in Neuchâtel, and lives between the US and Switzerland. Between 2010 and 2014, she founded the investigative desk of RTS. Her investigative documentary in Colombia “Diplomates suisses dans le piège colombien” won the Nicolas Bouvier Prize in 2009. The film “oeil pour oeil, la vengeance des Kadhafi” was selected for the Berlin Prize and nominated for the Italia Prize in 2014.
More information on the collection can be found on this website.