The Prisoners of Conscience exhibit is filled with life-size paper sculptures that look more like costumes than actual artwork. Each piece is so full of movement that an onlooker may assume that a performer is simply donning the creations and standing in the middle of the room. That is, however, not the case at all.
Created by Armenian artist Karen Sargsyan, the Prisoners of Conscience solo exhibit is inspired by the political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Currently on display at the Ambach & Rice gallery in Los Angeles, the Prisoners of Conscience art show beautifully highlights the struggles of the human spirit in each work. According to the gallery, "The installation functions less as a literal dramatization of Khodorkovsky’s plight than an obtuse homage to the universal truths inherent in his struggle. Sargsyan poetically reconsiders this contemporary political drama through a kaleidoscope of personal, historical, and allegorical references to present a theater that eschews time."