In June, a stunning exhibit, “Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick,” opened at the Baltimore Museum of Art. On Thursday, September 5, OSI-Baltimore and the BMA invite the public to join the artists for a panel discussion on issues surrounding mass incarceration with prison rights advocate Norris Henderson, founder of Voice of the Experienced, and Baltimore native Monica Cooper of the Maryland Justice Project and the driving force behind Baltimore’s “Ban the Box” legislation. Tara Huffman, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice program will give opening remarks. The conversation will be moderated by Annie Anderson of the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.
For more than 30 years, Calhoun and McCormick, photographers who were both born and raised in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward and were previously Open Society Foundations Katrina Media Fellows, documented life in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, known as “The Farm.” As the BMA website explains, “this exhibit includes poignant photographs and videos that record the exploitation of men incarcerated in the maximum-security prison farm while also showcasing their humanity and individual narratives.”
Arrive early for special evening access to Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
The exhibit runs through October 27.
BMA Auditorium | Free