Join us for a conversation with artist Ashley Hunt, centering on Hunt’s work with the grassroots organization Critical Resistance, which has resulted in part in his Corrections Documentary Project (on view in the current exhibition, To Shoot a Kite). Members of the New York chapter of Critical Resistance will be present to discuss their local efforts to abolish the prison industrial complex, seeking “healthy and stable communities that respond to harm without relying on imprisonment and punishment.”
This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are required.
About Critical Resistance:
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We think of the PIC as the system of surveillance, policing, and imprisonment that government, industry and their interests use to address economic, social, and political problems, whereas we believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.
About Ashley Hunt:
Ashley Hunt uses image, object, word and performance-based strategies to engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning, and the relationships between our art worlds and the larger worlds in which they sit. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. In addition to his Corrections Documentary Project, recent works include his ongoing collaboration with Taisha Paggett, On Movement, Thought and Politics; the performance, Notes on the Emptying of a City; the multi-platform Communograph at Project Row Houses; and the collaborative 9 Scripts from a Nation at War. Recent exhibitions and performances include Threewalls, the 2012 Biennial of the Hammer Museum, Sinopale 4 in Sinop, Turkey, and exhibitions and performances at the Museum of Modern Art, Beta Local in San Juan, and Woodbourne State Correctional Institute in upstate New York.