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The KIN manifesto was originally published in The Thing, in the lead up to Breaking Ground.

It is the collective’s calling card, a statement of intent: 

We are KIN.

We know there is a stigma about family imprisonment in our society. We believe society needs to acknowledge that a sentence goes beyond prison walls. The issue of young people affected by family imprisonment is not broadly recognised or given enough support. When a young person is disconnected from both their family and society, there is a responsibility to address this isolation. This isolation was a part of our lives. This is why we are here.

Our vision is of a future where those affected by family imprisonment are not defined by their experience but use it as a foundation for positive change. We want a future where the topic of family imprisonment is not silenced and where those with lived experience of this issue have a voice. We want to challenge the labels that society gives us through producing art that reflects our true collective identity.

KIN as a community uses art to ignite discussion and we invite others to contribute to the conversation. Our experience of family imprisonment is the driving force behind our artistic process. As we grow, adapt and evolve, so does KIN.

KIN is a call that demands a response.

 

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