Visualizing Abolition with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Visualizing Abolition with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent

Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent, noted antiprison activists, scholars, and educators,  for an online conversation about critical issues in the arts, visual culture,  and abolition. This is the first in a series of events that questions what it  means to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social,  economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote.

For the 2020/21 academic year, UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and  Sciences, in collaboration with Professor Dent, feminist studies, has  organized a year-long series of online events featuring artists, activists,  scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for  prison abolition. Originally, Visualizing Abolition was being planned as an  in-person symposium, bringing together artists, lawyers, scholars, and other  thinkers to challenge the dominant ways people see and understand issues of  mass incarceration, detention, and policing in the United States and beyond.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, the panels, artist talks, film screenings, and  other events will now take place online, emphasizing with ever more urgency  the importance of envisioning alternatives to ongoing injustices.

The events of Visualizing Abolition accompany Barring Freedom, a bi-coastal  exhibition of art featuring Sonya Clark, American Artist, Dread Scott, Deana  Lawson, Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun, Sharon Daniel, Sanford Biggers,  and other artists whose practices creatively confront the failure of many to see  the racist biases within the criminal justice system or to comprehend the  economic and social problems that the system serves to obscure. Barring  Freedom will be on view at San José Museum of Art October 23-March 21, 2021  and at UC Santa Cruz Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery January 12-March 21, 2021. It  travels to NYC John Jay College of Criminal Justice April 28-July 15, 2021.

Join Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent, noted antiprison activists, scholars, and educators, for an online conversation about critical issues in the arts, visual culture, and abolition. This is the first in a series of events that questions what it means to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote.

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