“Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts” is on display at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York, until May 5. The installation is a collaboration between visual artist and filmmaker Kaphar and poet, memoirist and attorney Betts, with a focus on bringing attention to the issue of cash bail. It addresses the injustice of incarcerating individuals for long periods of time before trial because of their inability to afford court fines and fees.
The exhibition features more than 30 prints that combine Kaphar’s portraits of incarcerated individuals with Betts’ poetry. By redacting legal documents from lawsuits filed by the Civil Rights Corps on behalf of clients unable to pay court fees, Betts strings together verse with the words that remain exposed.