October 13, 2022 by ConTextos

Can You See Me? Exhibition at Weinberg/Newton Gallery

Can you see me? 
— on view at Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Arts + Public Life and SkyART from October 14 to December 17, 2022 — challenges viewers to reflect on freedom, innocence and ascendence in the context of juvenile incarceration, and proposes that all children deserve to be seen as kids and not criminals. Large-scale paintings and writings by formerly and currently incarcerated young people offer more nuanced and complicated portraits of system-impacted youth in their own words and gestures. These works are presented in dialogue with works by contemporary artists like Ebony G. Patterson, Scheherazade Tillet, Jim Duignan and Cheryl Pope who work with issues around the prison industrial complex and the (in)justice system. In creating this dialogue, Can you see me? elevates these young people from an invisible status, out of sight and disregarded by most, to front and center as contemporary artists in their own right, proposing new possibilities for social justice work through art spaces. Finally, the exhibitions reclaim spaces where trauma has occurred, such as prisons and jails, as spaces of potential creativity and freedom, and seeks to rescue some of the innocence of childhood never afforded to Black and Brown kids in America.

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