The following reviews were written for incarcerated artists. The first five were offered as auction items to raise money for the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project, a justice-centered art and education program run out of Stateville Correctional Center, Illinois, where all five of the reviewed artists live. The sixth was written for Moath al-Alwi, a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, at the request of lawyers working on his behalf, and who hope to use writing about his art to help find a country that will accept him now that he has finally been cleared for release, after 20 years of being held without charge.
Reviews are being published in Newcity, with an introduction by Gabrielle Christiansen.
This edition of the 60 wrd/min art critic is conducted virtually, through image sharing with the advocates of incarcerated persons, and it has, unfortunately, no end date in sight. If you are an artist on the inside or know of one who needs a review, please leave a message on the project contact page.