Jul 7th 2016

Join Lasana Kazembe, Alice Kim, Kai Parker and Beth Richie for a reading of poetry and letters from writers at Stateville. The texts are framed around religion and the Black Freedom Movement, violence against women and the pressures of confinement.

Also, Arists Talk + Performance on July 14, 7-9pm, with Eve Ewing, Fereshteh Toosi, Sherwin Ovid, and Damon Locks.

This event is part of the Freedom Dreams in an Age of Mass Incarceration exhibition connecting artists in and outside of prison. Chicago-area artists were commissioned to respond to writing developed by men in the Prison Neighborhood Arts Project’s “Freedom Dreams” cultural studies class at Stateville Prison. The writings and artworks showcased in this exhibition – ranging from print and sculpture to photography and collage – urge the public to reconsider, rethink, and reimagine what freedom means, especially in the context of an ever-growing prison nation.

Assata’s Daughters——————Eric Blackmon
Dorothy Burge————————-Gerald Reed
Cairá Lee Conner———————Ricky Patterson
Eve Ewing——————————-P. Hartsfield
Krista Franklin————————–Demetrius Cunningham
Aaron Hughes————————–Dustin Sherwood Clay
Damon Locks—————————Abdul Malik Muhammad
Victoria Martinez———————–Markus Buchannan
Sherwin Ovid—————————Derrick “Ricky” Echols
Fereshteh Toosi———————–William Buck
Monica Trinidad————————Rodney Clemons
Mirtes Zwierzynski——————–Kiar Brown

Co-curated by Alice Kim, Ivan Arenas and Sarah Ross.

Special thanks to UIC Social Justice Initiative and the Propeller Fund for supporting this project.

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