Creation in Confinement: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration



The New York Review of Books

“I originally started working on Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration—a survey and analysis of visual art and creative practices among incarcerated artists, as well as art that responds to mass incarceration, which accompanies an exhibition that was scheduled to open at MoMA PS1 on April 5, but has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic—as a way to deal with the grief about so many of my relatives, neighbors, and childhood friends who were spending years, decades, or life sentences in prison. It was also an effort to connect with others who are separated from their loved ones by prisons, parole, policed streets, and other forms of institutional and quotidian violence.”

– Nicole R. Fleetwood

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Photo – Russell Craig: Self Portrait, 2016

Photo courtesy of Kisha Bari, provided by the Soze Agency, via The New York Review of Books.