He’s Innocent

Artists Dorota Nieznalska
Genre Object
Edition Survival 16

Does objective compensation for moral losses exist? Tomasz Komenda spent 18 years in prison for rape and murder that he had not committed. His story is among the biggest known failures of the Polish judiciary system. It reveals the brutal ruthlessness and inefficiency of the legal system. Is it possible to compensate him for the loss of life as a capital – for the loss of freedom, the chance to explore the world, gain new experiences, find friendship, warmth and love?
The prison-like inscription carved on the wall is separated from the viewer with a glass pane. This barrier resembles the one that separated Komenda from the external world, e.g. during his mother’s visits. It symbolises the unbearable lack of closeness and touch, which, as he admitted in an interview, he so desperately needed.


photo: Wojciech Chrubasik

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