Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex

Prison Nation:  Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex will be on view in Geisel Library (Geisel West, 2nd Floor) through January 2013. The exhibit is being presented by Mary Sutton with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics and Dennis Childs, an assistant professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

The posters of Prison Nation illustrate the graphic history of past and current prison movements, their causes, challenges and hopes.  The exhibit, which features a variety of compelling posters from artists, activists, and organizations in the U.S. and beyond, heralds the importance of the political poster and the importance of art to social commentary.

The dynamic designs reflect various perspectives on the most critical issues surrounding our current prison system—with a focus on California—including: racial disparity in sentencing, the War on Drugs, immigration, the death penalty, the Three Strikes law, violence against women, access to education and health care, youth incarceration, and re-entry into the community.

The posters in the exhibit are on loan from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, an educational and research archive that collects, preserves, documents, and circulates political posters related to historical and contemporary movements for social change. The Prison Nation project was funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
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