New art on line exhibition Nothing But The Truth
Web address: www.nothingbuttruth.org
This new on-line exhibition tells nothing but the truth about the special human bond that exists between prisoners on death row in the USA and their pen pals and members of the community from all over the world: Ordinary people such as teachers, students, retired people, those with a strong religious faith, and many others.
It presents a variety of creative pieces such as pictures, poems, drawings as well as personal testimonies written by the death row prisoners and their pen friends.
This shows how the experience of the injustice of life is sometimes powerful cement in these friendships, and how showing compassion can affect positively both the pen friends and those who have been convicted of the worst possible crimes. It helps make them share a feeling of belonging to the same family -- The family of Man.
Finally, this exhibition is an opportunity for all the pen friends to send a special message respectfully asking not to execute their death row friends.
Victims are not to be forgotten -- Every death is a human tragedy.
Emmanuelle, who created the exhibition with the help of over 30 prisoners and friends, as well as with the support of a variety of organisations, has said:
"The small world of death row can be a mysterious one for those living in the free world and needs to be better understood. Prisoners can change tremendously in the course of their incarceration, and are certainly positively affected by the contact with empathetic people in the free world, whose particular life experience helps them sometimes to relate with them in a way that other people can't necessarily understand, but can hopefully respect. This experience is very equal, it can be rewarding for both parties -- and it can also be devastating if the prisoner is executed.
As such, any decision made in relation to the life of a death row prisoner, can affect many others around him, including those people in the free world that the prisoners help sometimes for years, in their own, quite way (see example of Mark & Marge). It is in no way neutral. Perhaps the time has come to really ask ourselves, as a community, whether the death penalty has still a place in the world of today, and whether any better use could be made of human lives. Certainly, it is well worth seeking any possible alternative route to help reduce crime and avoid any further victim in the future".