The Incarcerated, COVID-19 and ‘The Writing on the Wall’




“COVID-19 continues to be dangerous for people who live behind prison walls and the new guerrilla art installation, ‘The Writing on the Wall,’ by famed artist Hank Willis Thomas and anti-incarceration activists from the Incarceration Nations Network, will be unveiled today (June 11) at an undisclosed location in Washington, D.C., at 9 p.m., according to a press release.

In collaboration with Openbox, MASS Design Group and The Illuminator, the installation features essays, poems, letters, stories and notes written by the incarcerated that focuses on the disproportionate impact they face regarding the novel coronavirus. The project came out of Thomas’ collaboration with D.C.-based multimedia artist Robin Bell, whose work has highlighted such topics, like the COVID Memorial.”

by N. Jamiyla Chisholm

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Photo courtesy of Incarceration Nations Network and Hank Willis Thomas, “The Writing on the Wall,” by Chemistry Creative, via Colorlines.