A select group of top-notch European graffiti writers were recently selected to spend a few days in a German youth prison, painting massive walls with inmates for the project “Inside Rockenberg – Art in a Youth Prison.” The roster of artists who painted the penitentiary located close to Frankfurt, Germany, includes Horfe, Ken Sortais, Roids, SatOne, Score and Fence.
“While the international artists were painting the well protected walls, a selected group of young prisoners were assisting them. In the beginning of the project, all participants were excited to know how it would end. Especially the security staff found themselves in a tense situation because of the fact that ladders and scaffolds were in use next to the prison walls. The artists worked right next to the inmates' windows. This is why they had to deal with many rough remarks. Even the participating prisoners had their concerns. During the project, many amazing and meaningful conversations between the inmates, the artists and also the guards took place.”
“For us, when you do graff’ the feeling is interesting when you paint and you take the risk to paint. So here, this risk doesn’t exist. So we need to have this different risk in the image. It’s the risk of total composition.”-Horfe
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