Australian artist, Ben Quilty tutors Australian death row prison inmate, Myuran Sukumaran as he paints a prison guard who came to the prison on his day off to undertake Ben and Myuran's drawing class in the art studio that Sukumaran founded in Kerobakan Prison in Bali, Indonesia. Quilty first visited Sukumaran in late 2011 or early 2012 (Quilty can't remember exactly) and has been back six times since to continue to teach Sukumaran to draw and paint in prison. The two have become close friends in that time as well. Sukumaran was sentenced to death after his part in the so-called Bali 9 drug bust which saw him, fellow death row inmate, Andrew Chan, and seven other Australians caught at Denpasar Airport attempting to smuggle heroin to Australia. In the last week Sukumaran's final plee for mercy, via Presidential clemency, was rejected by Indonesia's new president, Joko Widodo. Photo: Andrew Quilty / Oculi for The Australian Magazine.
Death Row in Bali for The Australian
It was a humbling experience to have the opportunity to meet Australian death row inmates, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in Kerobokan Prison in Bali.
An image from the visit with my cousin, the artist, Ben Quilty, appeared on the front page of The Australian alongside a story by Deborah Cassrels.