Spotlight on Freedom Lamp during Dutch state visit to Italy
23 June 2017
Director Raoul Nolen: "Sharing the great Freedom Lamp story with the King and Queen of the Netherlands last Friday in Milan was very exciting. I was able to explain that youth released from youth detention in Malawi have produced the Lamps designed by Joep van Lieshout. And in so doing acquire great skills and can earn a decent living. Thanks colleagues at Young in Prison for helping with the preparations. Also many credits to the Consulate General in Milan, galleria Rosanna Orlandi , Atelier van Lieshout, Gered Gereedschap, de Baanderij, Music Crossroads Malawi and off course all the students from the YiPmade Academy".
The Freedom Lamp is the result of an exlusive collaboration between the Dutch designer Joep van Lieshout and the Young in Prison Foundation (YiP). The result is the Freedom Lamp, which offers young ex prisoners the chance to build a new life and offers design lovers the chance to obtain a unique and heartwarming product.
YiPmade is a social enterprise that helps young prisoners from developing countries start a new life by creating art and design products under the supervision of well-known artists. For its first product, YiPmade collaborated with renowned artist Joep van Lieshout (Atelier Van Lieshout).
Joep van Lieshout travelled to Malawi to meet with prisoners and to create a piece that would fit the ethos of the project.
The result is the Freedom Lamp: both a piece of art and a lamp, created in collaboration with the prisoners and representing the struggle between freedom and prison. The iron bars of the lamp represent the reality of being locked up, while the light that shines through the bars represents that light and the spirit can never be held back. This theme of contradiction often recurs in the work of Atelier Van Lieshout.
The Freedom Lamp is a limited edition piece with just 250 being made. All profits will be reinvested into the former prisoners, who will be provided with tools and coaching to set up their own workshop.