Nicole Fleetwood on “Marking Time: Art in Age of Mass Incarceration”
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Revolution Books hosts an online reading and conversation with Nicole R. Fleetwood, and her new book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.
This book is a powerful document of the inner lives and creative visions of men and women rendered invisible by America’s prison system. More than two million people are currently behind bars in the United States. Incarceration not only separates the imprisoned from their families and communities; it also exposes them to shocking levels of deprivation and abuse and subjects them to the arbitrary cruelties of the criminal justice system. Yet, as Nicole Fleetwood reveals, America’s prisons are filled with art.
Based on interviews with currently and formerly incarcerated artists, prison visits, and the author’s own family experiences with the penal system, Marking Time shows how the imprisoned turn ordinary objects into elaborate works of art. Working with meager supplies and in the harshest conditions—including solitary confinement—these artists find ways to resist the brutality and depravity that prisons engender.
“Marking Time is a tremendous achievement that provides one of the most important discussions of prisons to date. Nicole Fleetwood illuminates the world of incarcerated artists and brings readers into their lives with powerful analysis and care…” ―Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
Nicole Fleetwood is a writer and Professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University. She last appeared at Revolution Books in 2018 with a special issue of Aperture magazine that she edited, “Prison Nation.”
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