Panel Discussion: Inside Rikers Island
Where: Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 W. 27th St., 4th Floor
212-505-5555 Price: This event is FREE and open to the public
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A movement to close New York’s Rikers Island jail facility is gaining momentum. This panel brings together two former corrections officers/photographers who worked at the facility in the 1980s and ’90s, as well as a documentary filmmaker who taught filmmaking to incarcerated women at Rikers, to discuss their work around the facility and criminal justice reform.
Panelists: Jamel Shabazz, Lorenzo Steele Jr., Katherine Cheairs
Moderated by Brandon J. Holmes, NYC Campaign Coordinator at JustLeadershipUSA.
This spring, Aperture magazine will release “Prison Nation,” addressing the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis. Organized with the scholar Nicole R. Fleetwood, this landmark issue will be accompanied by a related exhibition from February 7 through March 7, 2018, as well as a series of six public programs—featuring speakers such as Nigel Poor, Jamel Shabazz, Deborah Luster, Bruce Jackson, Jesse Krimes, Sable Elyse Smith, Joseph Rodriguez, and more—all to take place at Aperture Foundation’s gallery.
Click here to see the full list of Prison Nation programs.
Image caption: Jamel Shabazz, A detainee from Brooklyn poses in the corridor of his housing area, Rikers Island, 1986; Courtesy the artistBuy tickets/get more info now