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Best Proof that Art Matters 

Htein Lin

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When Burmese artist and former political prisoner Htein Lin visited the Halsey Institute in October, locals got the chance to see art in action — in this case, it had kept a man alive. During Lin’s seven years in a jungle prison, he witnessed and underwent unimaginable horrors. Painting was what kept him going. The Halsey created a digital display of Lin’s famous prison paintings, which he created on his own prison tunics with whatever materials were available. We know one thing: We’ll never again scoff at the phrase “art saved my life.”


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