This Saturday, August 25, is the opening reception for Reflective Equilibrium (click link for descriptive video), an exhibition of work by FCI Fairton (NJ) inmates:
The exhibition Reflective Equilibrium will feature drawings, paintings, and mixed-media works by people imprisoned in a mid-Atlantic correctional facility. For the exhibiting artists, making work allows them to transcend the conditions of their incarceration, express emotions, and communicate their shared humanity to viewers, familiar and unfamiliar with the criminal justice system.
The purpose of this show is to encourage conversations that we have often been content to avoid, and to show that the light of humanity shines even in confinement. If we remain complacent, these stories and bodies of work remain invisible and inaccessible to the broader society of which these artists are still a part. If relegated to the shadows, difficult and distasteful issues of mass confinement, dehumanization, and mass recidivism often remain out of sight, out of mind, and unaddressed.
Our hope is that this exhibition will facilitate critical thinking and improve understandings of criminal justice systems and processes of rehabilitation and successful re-integration with society. The show will provide gallery visitors with views often overlooked, feared, or demonized.
The reception, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, will be held at:
2430 Coral Street (Boston Street at Coral Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19125
The gallery will also be open on Saturday, August 25, 12:00pm – 9:00pm and Sunday, August 26, 11:00am – 2:00pm. Contact: Inside Art (InsideArt@gmx.com/ http://www.facebook.com/ReflectiveEquilibrium) with questions or to support.
**Thanks to Brenda Ellis for notice of the event.