SEEN: a poetry and prison portrait project

On view in the MRAC Conference Room are photographs of individuals who are writers with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Images are shared along with the poetry of the individual.  There are 12 large scale images and poetry on display. Visitors can write notes and responses to the exhibition and the creative writers and the messages will be delivered to the individuals.

This exhibition is a joint project of We Are All Criminals and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. A full article about this exhibition and these organizations was published in MinnPost and is available here. From the article, a quote by Jennifer Bowen Hicks, founder of the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop: “This is the first time since we’ve worked with the writers in state facilities that they’ve had their words and images paired together in the world [with] their legal names. They’re incredible writers. Many of them have published their work and won awards, and they can publish their work quietly but it’s not as often seen. Pairing it with We Are All Criminals and Emily Baxter’s photos has a humanizing effect, showing the artistry and showing the complexity of the work they’re doing alongside their faces in a setting that is less connected to prison, and I think it helps people see them as the full humans that they are, and escape the label of [felon or incarcerated] or whatever words people choose to use.”Close up photo of Mary looking to the left

The exhibition, Seen, is on view through February 2020 and is generally available for viewing 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. Please contact MRAC before you come to make sure there are no meetings or events taking place in the room.

Join us for an exhibition reception on Monday, January 27 from  5:00-7:00 pm. This reception is a free open house; all are welcome.

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