video, 75 min

Insiders consists of interviews with established artists and with convicted prisoners who are engaged in art. Filmed in silhouette against the daylight of a window, the subjects discuss their attitudes towards life, their own personalities, their varying sense of estrangement or exclusion from the society which they inhabit, and their experience of anger, failure and fulfilment. Their voices often camouflaged, artists and prisoners are often indistinguishable in their expression of their disillusion with the conformities of general society, just as much as those of the orthodox art-world. What emerges is a picture of how individuals negotiate their marginality, and how art offers a practice of living that regulates the individual’s antagonism towards general circumstances.