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UK PREMIERE Art & Krimes by Krimes + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A black man stands against two hanging murals of his work. They look like brown rorschach patterns with eyes.
Art & Krimes by Krimes, dir. Alysa Nahmias, USA 2021, 85 min., English

Alysa Nahmias’s powerful documentary tells the extraordinary story of Jesse Krimes, who went into prison with a drug problem and emerged addicted to art. This UK premiere will be followed by a Q&A with Jesse Krimes, hosted by writer and broadcaster Simran Hans.

In 2009, 27-year-old Jesse Krimes was jailed for six years in his native Pennsylvania for cocaine possession. Behind bars, he spent every spare hour secretly creating monumental works of art – including Apokaluptein:16389067, an astonishing 40-foot mural made from bedsheets, hair gel and newspaper. Forced to smuggle out the work in fragments, he only saw the piece in full when he was freed, and his work soon captures the attention of the art world. But as he struggles to adjust to life outside, Krimes is aware that any misstep may trigger a life sentence – and that compared to some of his fellow inmates, he may be one of the fortunate ones.
06:30 pm
Tue, 13 Dec 2022
Cinema 1

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Artist Jesse Krimes, a white man with long curled hair, sits in front of his work and stares into the camera
Jesse Krimes