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Visions of Confinement
A Lens on Women in the United States Prison System

June 28 – September 10, 2016
Hunter East Harlem Gallery
Curated by Isaac Scott of The Confined Arts and Arden Sherman

Hunter East Harlem Gallery at Hunter College presented the educational project, Visions of Confinement: A Lens on Women in the United States Prison System, a summer-long laboratory and flex space inside Hunter East Harlem Gallery aimed at facilitating conversations around the issues associated with female incarceration.

The project at Hunter East Harlem Gallery revolved around the reality and experience of incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and their families. The Gallery was turned into an “educational lounge” for the duration of the summer, featuring a dialogue wall, artwork, a letter-writing station, a listening station, a lounge area, and a small library inside the gallery space—various artistic meditations on the experience of women living in confined spaces, the shifting habits that happen after one is released, and the methods adopted by families of those imprisoned as an alternative. The project unearthed the struggles faced by incarcerated women in this moment of crisis for the country’s justice system and became part of the ongoing effort to bring about reforms and improve prison conditions.

Throughout the run of the Visions of Confinement exhibition, weekly programs were hosted by a dozen plus project collaborators including:

The Confined Arts
Artistic Noise
Incorrigibles Project
Write to Matter
Life After Life in Prison by Sara Bennett
Rehabilitation Through the Arts
Die Jim Crow
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective
Arts and Resistance Through Education
Center for Justice at Columbia University
Justice and Education Initiative, Riker’s Island
Lullaby Project

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