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Prison Obscura considers the fundamental distortion that characterizes vision and viewing, how we see and don’t see the people we incarcerate, the people we put in boxes. Guiding the viewer through the visual culture of America’s prisons, the exhibit traces the contours of that box, to attempt to make sense of the dominant narratives and stereotypes that somehow justify a U.S. system now locking up people at an unprecedented rate. What do we know of our prisons? Do photographs help us know? Are the images of prisons we see reliable? Are they even useful? How do images relate to the political, social, and economic realities that exist within our prison industrial complex? Do prisons, as closed sites, present any challenges to the claims photography makes as a medium of communication? - Pete BrookFind out more »
Posters, portraits and artwork highlighting the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth program's work with juvenile residents of the the Green Hill School. https://vimeo.com/148946605 Rappers from the Green Hill School (juvenile incarceration facility.) Produced by Hami Bahadori and the Green Hill School residents. Gateways for Incarcerated Youth is a 20-year collaboration between The Evergreen State College and Washington’s Juvenile Justice & Rehabilitation Administration. Through its various components, including a College Class and an Academic Mentoring Program (AMP), Gateways provides juvenile males—while incarcerated at…Find out more »
Galerie Fotoland presents selections from Steve Davis' Captured Youth-- a series of portraits of incarcerated juveniles produced from 1997 - 2005.Find out more »
Curator and Prison Photography editor Pete Brook will speak about the work on display in Prison Obscura. The exhibition features prison non-traditional imagery – surveillance, code, vernacular, workshop photography. Pete Brook, originally from Lancashire, England, lives in San Francisco, CA and works as a freelance writer and curator. *Update* Prison Obscura Opens to a Packed House @ Evergreen Gallery!Find out more »
Laura Sherbo and Neal VanDerVoorn, Washington State Library, on Doing Time in Prison and Psychiatric Libraries: Washington State Library’s Unique Commitment. Pat Graney, with Sebastian Raine, will present Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project: 25 Years Working with Incarcerated Women in the US and Abroad. https://youtu.be/uio_fTgHdyg Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney‘s interest in working with incarcerated women began in 1992 after a conversation with Rebecca Terrell, then head of Florida Dance Festival. This conversation later morphed into what has become Keeping the Faith/The…Find out more »
Steve Davis, Evergreen faculty/staff member, will talk about his work, in conjunction with the Galerie Fotoland exhibition Portraits.Find out more »
Part of the Tacoma Lyceum, this Campus Panel Discussion will discuss the experience of incarceration and liberation.
Presented twice--at 10:00am and again at 6:00pm.
Come join prison chaplain Greg Garringer and Greener Grad, Rebecca Bell for lunch in the library from 11:30 until 1pm, Tuesday, February 16. Greg and Rebecca are responsible for the displays on the main floor of the library proper and up the interior stairway.Find out more »