(Courtesy photo by © Holly E. Clark)
Why is restorative justice important? What and who contribute to its importance in your community? How is art used as resistance for those affected by mass incarceration?
If you create sculpture, drawings, painting, fashion or digital art exploring those themes, the organizers of the Art as Resistance exhibit want to see your work.
“In U.S. prisons, where individuals who who speak out against an unjust system are silenced, art has served as a foundational part of their resistance,” says the exhibit overview from the Institute for Community Justice (ICJ).
According to the organizers, all the artworks selected for Art as Resistance center “the perspectives of individuals fighting for the opportunity to design their own freedom and liberation from various oppressive systems in and out of the confines of prison.”
This is not the first time that the ICJ, which is the reentry-focused program of Philadelphia FIGHT, presents an exhibition of work focused on issues of justice. The organization curated an exhibit to mark AIDS Education Month in October 2018, for example, which was similar in scope to the upcoming show (see slideshow below).
While the original deadline to submit art for consideration has passed, Evon Burton, the associate director of development and communications for Philadelphia FIGHT told Generocity that, to make the offering a robust example of the art of resistance, work can still be considered for exhibition if you email a photo and short description of your artwork to ICJ Director Assata Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org).-30-
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