Freedom Dreams in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Assata’s Daughters collective
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Freedom Dreams in the Age of Mass Incarceration, a collaboration between the Social Justice Initiative and the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Program (PNAP), aimed to connect artists and scholars with men at Stateville Maximum Security Prison through classes, workshops and guest lectures. The exhibit at the PUJA gallery, April-October 2016, featured work by organizers from the Assata’s Daughters collective; Chicago based quilter Dorothy Burge; University of Chicago Professor and writer Eve Ewing; visual artists Ciara Lee Conner, Freshteh Toosi, Monica Trinidad, Krista Franklin, Victoria Martinez, and Aaron Hughes; sound artist Damon Locks; Trinidadian-born painter Sherwin Ovid; and Brazilian muralist Mirtes Zwierzynsky. The artworks were a visual companion to and displayed alongside writings by PNAP students Eric Blackman, Gerald Reed, Ricky Patterson, P. Hartsfield, Demetrius Cunningham, Dustin Sherwood Clay, Abdul Malik Muhammad, Derrick “Ricky” Echols, William Buck, Rodney Clemons, and Kiar Brown. Freedom Dreams in the Age of Mass Incarceration was co-curated by Alice Kim, Iván Arenas and Sarah Ross and funded by the Propeller Fund and the Social Justice Initiative.