Site Unseen: Incarceration in the U.S.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Announcements, Events, News

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An exhibition of photo/text works by Sheila Pinkel, with drawings, poems and letters by Jack L. Morris, Solitary Confinement, Pelican Bay State Prison, California.

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.

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.


January 23 – February 22, 2015

at Leo Model Gallery, Jerome Liebling Center, Hampshire College

Gallery Hours: M-F 9-5 p.m., Sat /Sun 1-5 p.m

Panel discussion: 

February 19, 7:30 pm

at Leo Model Gallery, Jerome Liebling Center, Hampshire College

The panel is co-sponsored by Hampshire’s Africana Studies program and the Decolonize Media Collective.

Faculty Panelists:

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.

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