BARS OF GRACE is a touching photography exhibition by Johanna Kare (b. 1965) which highlights the faces and stories of ten prisoners. The exhibition makes a strong case for human dignity. It seeks to bolster the prisoner’s self-esteem, to elicit compassion in the viewer and in this way to support the prisoner’s rehabilitation into society. The stories have been recorder by Haka Kekäläinen.

BARS OF GRACE is part of Johanna’s trademarked exhibition concept which turns the spotlight onto marginal and forgotten phenomena and people. The themes of her earlier exhibition have included homeless people, the prevention and combating of school bullying, and Finnish women’s voluntary defence corps during the Second World War.

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