'Rendered Visible' Curated Exhibit Addresses Incarceration, Justice System
Sep. 28, 2016
An opening reception for the exhibition Rendered Visible will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Arcade Contemporary Art Projects located at Webster University’s Gateway Campus in downtown St. Louis.
Rendered Visible is a curated exhibit of works by seven artists addressing the topic of American incarceration
and the justice system, and will remain on exhibit in the gallery through Oct. 28.
Participating artists include Stanley Jamel Bellamy, Isadora Kosofsky, Zora J. Murff, Paul Rucker, Benjamin Todd Wills and Nikki Zeichner. The exhibition was curated by Amanda Breitbach, lecturer in art at Truman State University.
Although the United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, holding more than 2.3 million people in federal, state, and local facilities, the day to day life of an incarcerated individual is largely unseen and unknown to the general public. This invisibility is deliberate. Detention centers regulate communication to and from inmates, and most prohibit the making of photographs inside detention facilities, except by official prison photographers in designated neutral settings. Behind this cloak of invisibility, the American prison population has grown 500 percent since the 1970s, continuing to grow despite historically low crime rates. American prisons are overcrowded and expensive, and the criminal justice system is plagued by institutionalized racism, inefficiency, and recidivism.
Breitbach explains, “The artists in this exhibition are working to render this system and its human consequences visible. Their artworks show us how the American justice system works, what it looks like, and how it affects the lives of individuals and families. Working closely, often in collaboration with incarcerated individuals and their families, they reveal both the larger picture and the intimate details of daily life.”
"As curator of this exhibit, my goal was to include a variety of works, examining incarceration from different angles and through different media, and also to spotlight artists working in close collaboration with their subjects, not exploiting or exercising power over them but empowering them to tell their own stories.”
Rendered Invisible Opening Reception
Saturday, Oct. 8 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Arcade Contemporary Art Projects
Webster University’s Gateway Campus
812 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63101