Cameron Rowland

Artist

Grantee Cohort Spring 2018

Location London, UK

Cameron Rowland graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Studio Art. His past work highlights the role of race in mass incarceration and incarceration’s links to slavery. His project on social impact bonds was featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and in 2016, he completed 91020000, a two-year project highlighting the legacy of slavery, insurance, and prison labor showcased in Artists Space (New York, NY). His 2017 exhibit, Birmingham, displayed the corporate legacy of convict leasing. It was showcased in Cologne, Germany.

The artist used the  Art for Justice grant to develop a collection of works considering the impacts of legal financial obligations, debt, and post-release services funded by fees paid by formerly incarcerated people being monitored through parole and probation. The first phase of this project involved research on debt and profit within the criminal justice system, culminating in an analysis of various instruments used in debt-driven probation systems and programs funded by people under parole supervision—examples of instruments include alcohol monitors, GPS tracking devices, and biometric payment kiosks. Cameron highlights how these different methods and instruments are driving people into debt, poverty, and often jail.