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Imprisoned by Insanity

Criminally insane offenders rediscover their humanity through art therapy

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They are prisoners in a psychiatric ward, convicted criminals suffering from mental disorders. Can anything help their troubled souls and minds? Artist Aleksandr Semyonov tries to relieve their suffering with art therapy: “When I first started the art therapy course here, I was afraid of them. Their first results just shocked me. They were supposed to draw the person sitting opposite from them, but each one of them drew himself.”

A male criminally insane wears a mask he painted and waves his arms at a medical-correctional facility in Russia. Still taken from RTD documentary, Imprisoned by Insanity.
Art therapy allows criminally insane offenders the opportunity to connect with their deepest selves and express their most disturbing feelings.

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