In the British prison of Reading, where in the 1890s Oscar Wilde was serving his sentence on charges of sodomy, a large-scale art project will open in early September, in which famous writers, artists and musicians will take part. The exhibition, which is curated by Artangel, will showcase works by artist Marlene Dumas, sculptor Robert Gobert, director Steve McQueen and photographers Wolfgang Tillmans and Nan Goldin, as well as works by Felix Gonzales-Torres, Richard Hamilton and others, specially created for this project.
The exhibition will also include letters "from prison", which will be written by Ai Weiwei and eight other artists - this is a reference to the famous letter of confession "De Prófundis", which Wilde wrote to his beloved Alfred Douglas. Every Sunday, the prison chapel will host the public readings "De Prófundis", featuring Patti Smith and other artists.
“The public will have the opportunity to reflect in this place, where enormous power is concentrated, about how a person who is isolated from society by the state feels,” Artangel representatives tell about the project.
The exhibition will be open to the public from September to 30 October.