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Sara Bennett’s “Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project”
is one of the container exhibitions at Photoville, opening in DUMBO on September 13. The Bedroom Project comprises 17 portraits of formerly incarcerated women in their bedrooms accompanied by the women’s handwritten reflections. Like the women she photographs, Bennett hopes her work will shed light on the pointlessness of extremely long sentences and arbitrary parole denials and thus help their friends still in prison: women (and men) like them who deserve a chance at freedom. Photoville is the largest free outdoor photography exhibition in the United States and features work by more than 600 artists in 90 photography exhibitions & outdoor installations, providing an accessible venue for the public to experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators and organizations.. For more information: http://photoville.com.
On August 21st, prisoners across the United States and beyond began a strike against prison slavery. This strike comes hot on the heels of years of previous prison strikes, call-in campaigns, and full fledged uprisings, as well as inspiring actions against ICE and massive anti-fascist mobilizations throughout August. Not only are all of these struggles connected, but our best chances of succeeding in any of them lies in building momentum across these different movements and beyond. https://itsgoingdown.org/prisonstrike/
Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.