Opening Wednesday, June 8th, from 7PM - 9PM
Inspired by “our duty to fight”, Gallery 400 and Run of Life are pleased to present a preview sreening of “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” (2016), a documentary film about the prison and its life in the American landscape. Director Brett Story will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion with the audience.
More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. While “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” is about prison, it is a film in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA, where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.
Gallery 400’s current exhibition, “our duty to fight” will be on view preceding the screening. Organized by Black Lives Matter Chicago, “our duty to fight” offers a living testament to the specific and shared struggles that have been at the core of radical, visionary world-making in Chicago organizing. The exhibition invites visitors to join the struggle against state repression and terror while working to build collective power.