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In pictures: Delhi prison art

A painting by convicted prisoner Virender Sharma

Through Expressions at Tihar is an exhibition of paintings by the prisoners of Tihar jail in the Indian capital, Delhi. This is by Virender Sharma.

A painting by convicted prisoner Rohit

The show, organised by the Ramchander Nath Foundation (RNF) and Ojas Art, opened on Friday. Organisers say the artwork aims to give a glimpse of prison to mainstream society. Painting by Rohit.

A painting by former Tihar jail inmate Ajay

Since 2007, prisoners have been provided art training and leading contemporary artists have visited the jail to interact with inmates. Painting: Ajay

A painting by convicted prisoner Avinash

The idea was to help inmates explore different art-related career opportunities and to utilise art as a means for therapy, say the organisers. Artwork: Avinash

A painting by convicted prisoner Pawan

Recently, the RNF organised a competition for the inmates. The response was overwhelming and the best works were selected by a panel of judges comprising three well-known artists. Painting: Pawan

A painting by convicted prisoner, Nigerian national Boniface

The inmates whose paintings are featured at the exhibition include those by petty criminals and those by serious offenders who are in for kidnapping, murder or rape. Artwork: Boniface

A painting by convicted prisoner Iqbal

The proceeds from the sale of these artworks will go to the artists to aid them in their vocational training and rehabilitation. Artwork: Iqbal

A painting by convicted prisoner Suraj

Tihar, in the west of India's capital, is the country's biggest prison. It has the capacity to accommodate 6,250 inmates, but houses many more. Artwork: Suraj

A painting by convicted prisoner Babbar

Until a few years ago, it was a place to be feared, but it is now regarded as a global model for prison reforms. Artwork: Babbar

A painting by convicted prisoner Dal Lama

The prison authorities say the key to their success is a holistic approach to reform and rehabilitation. Artwork: Dal Lama



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