A question in life, answered with art

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sherrill Roland (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Sheryl Oring

Abstract: This art work grows out of my personal history of incarceration and release. I encountered difficulties reentering society, like many incarcerated citizens. Attempts to repress and ignore the imprisonment experience, while common, were altogether unsuccessful and unproductive. I found liberation in sharing my story with family and friends, and discovered that others found a similar release when sharing their experiences in return. In an effort to ignite the conversation around issues related to incarceration I set out to perform a similar reenactment of my time being incarcerated. The performance challenged those who encounter it by encouraging them to address their own prejudices towards those incarcerated. All the while hoping to generate a safe space to process, question, and share.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2017
Art, Performance Art, Socially Engaged Art, Social Practice, Studio Art, Visual Art
Social practice (Art)
Performance art
Interactive art
Prisoners in art
Judicial error
False imprisonment

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