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Hampshire College’s Film/Photo/Video program will host an exhibition, Site Unseen: Incarceration in the U.S., in the Leo Model Gallery from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22.
Hampshire College’s Film/Photo/Video program will host an exhibition, Site Unseen: Incarceration in the U.S., in the Leo Model Gallery (Main Gallery in the Jerome Liebling Center) from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22.
The exhibition will feature research-based photo-text works made over the past 15 years by California-based artist Sheila Pinkel, as well as drawings and writings by Jack L. Morris, who has been incarcerated in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay Prison since 1978.
Collectively, the works address the rise of the prison/industrial complex, the rapid growth of incarceration, the history of racism and classism, the question of who profits from incarceration, the inadequacy of the legal system, the personal experience of incarceration, and alternative models such as restorative justice.
On February 19 at 7:30 p.m., four Hampshire faculty members will hold a panel discussion in the gallery about prison issues. They are:
Stephen Dillon, whose research focuses on the racial, gender, and sexual politics of the late twentieth-century U.S. prison system.
kara lynch, a time-based artist whose work addresses conspicuous invisibility, scenes of subjection, and other legacies of extralegal and state sanctioned violence.
Falguni A. Sheth, a philosopher who writes about, among other things, race, detention, and national security issues, including Guantanamo Bay Detention Facilities.
Christopher Tinson, who locates his writing, teaching, organizing, and living at the crossroads of Africana radical traditions, Ethnic Studies, Hip-Hop culture, and prison abolition.
The panel is co-sponsored by Hampshire’s Africana Studies program and the Decolonize Media Collective.
All are welcome; the gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Gallery hours: M-F 9-5 p.m., Sat /Sun 1-5 p.m.