Panel Discussion: Seeing Angola
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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Louisiana’s State Penitentiary, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States, is also known as “Angola,” as it sits on the site of a former plantation with a slave population originating from Angola, Africa. This panel convenes three photographers and one writer who have made work about the notorious prison in a state that has the highest rate of incarceration of any place in the world.
Panelists: Deborah Luster, Zachary Lazar, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick
Moderated by Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums
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: Deborah Luster, Layla “Roach” Roberts (Inquisitor), 2012-13; Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York