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HOYOS GONZALEZ, Pablo. Neverland workshop. Experimentations from the artistic workshop within the penitentiary institution. Relac. Estud. hist. soc. [online]. 2023, vol.44, n.176, pp.36-51.  Epub Jan 19, 2024. ISSN 2448-7554.

The article reflects on the role of education and artistic workshops in the Mexican prison system. From two experiences of collaborative experimentation with people deprived of liberty in two prisons in Mexico City. Starting from the performance of the “workshop worker without a workshop” it was proposed to experiment with the form of the artistic workshop, emptying it of its disciplinary and pedagogical framework, trying to bring it to a situation where the workshop could be not a workshop. We will give an account of the methodological design of the neverland workshop based on performance, as well as its ethical implications based on the exhibition of two specific experiences: Life Does Not Decide Alone (2014) and Rethinking the Penal State (2018). We conclude with a reflection on the characteristics of the situational “okupation” of the cultural workshop, concluding that it is due to the intervention of temporality and not so much with the intervention of the penitentiary space.

Keywords : Artistic workshop; Prison confinement; Experimentation; Performance.

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