Grab your lunch box, or pick up something to-go, and head to the A Hays Town House at the Hilliard Art Musum on Friday. While you munch on your lunch you’ll learn from two key note speakers, about the new Angola exhibit at the museum.
Checo Yancy and Marianne Fish Giroland will be speaking and sharing stories both from personal experience and from research about aspects of the prison industrial complex.
The Lunch and Learn starts at 12PM and ends at 1:30PM on Friday, March 22nd. This is part one of a two part series.
Information about the exhibit:
From the Hilliard Museum website- Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex reveals how a New Orleans husband-and-wife team uses their cameras as tools for social engagement and reminds their audiences of persistent racial inequities, especially throughout the American criminal justice system. The exhibition focuses on the couple’s decades long examination of life inside Angola, Louisiana’s state penitentiary, and the impact incarceration has on the extended family. Approximately twenty-five of their poignant photographs document the exploitation of the men living within the maximum-security prison farm, while also showcasing the prisoners’ humanity and individual narratives. Groupings include images of the prisoners at work in the fields, evoking the history of the land as a working plantation; penetrating portraits of men looking directly and somberly at the photographer and viewer; scenes from a rodeo that has taken place every April and October since 1965 in which the prisoners are the main attraction; and gripping moments from when inmates are at times allowed to leave the 18,000-acre campus to attend the funerals of close family members. The photographs will be accompanied by videos that record the release of three exonerated inmates, and their stories of life in and out of prison.