I attended Prison Obscura’s opening reception this evening at The New School’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. It is a traveling exhibition that informs viewers about the prison industrial complex in the U.S.
Why do tax-paying, prison-funding citizens rarely get the chance to see such images? And what roles do these pictures play for those within the system? With stark aesthetic detail and meticulous documentation, Prison Obscura builds the case that Americans must come face to face with these images and imaging technologies both to grasp the cancerous proliferation of the U.S. prison system and to connect with those it confines.
If you’re in New York City stop by The New School to view this exhibit and inform yourself about our country’s broken justice system.
Also check out @everydayincarceration on Instagram, an account that pictorially depicts 40 years of mass incarceration in the United States.