Illuminating the Darkness: Our Carceral Landscape

August 25, 2020
Florida Prison Education Project / University of Central Florida

Although there are over 2.3 million people currently incarcerated in the United States, the prison system remains largely invisible to the majority of Americans. Prisons tend to be built in rural areas, out-of-view and away from the daily lives of many, and the physical and psychological marginalization and minoritization of system-impacted people allows us to ignore mass incarceration, even though it is among the most crucial issues of our time. Illuminating theDarkness: Our Carceral Landscape seeks to shine a light on the effects of incarceration on the lives of Americans.

The culmination of a two-year project that brought contemporary artists to Central Florida to participate in a series of discussions with incarcerated students enrolled in classes as part of the Florida Prison Education Project, this exhibition brings together a diverse selection of work made by twenty-five artists from around the world. Whether in sculpture and installation, drawing and painting, video and photography, printmaking and book arts, the collected works explore slavery and freedom, despair and hope, oppression and the immutability of the human spirit.


You can checkout a digital version of the exhibition here and join us online for these virtual programs:


A ForFreedoms Town Hall on the Carceral Landscape and Art as Activism

Wednesday,Sept. 9 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Zoom Registration


Sponsored byFor Freedoms, the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts, and the UCF Art Gallery and featuring Omari Booker, Gisela Carbonell, and Keri Watson


A PanelDiscussion on Racism and Mass Incarceration

Wednesday,Sept. 16 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Zoom Registration


Featuring formerly incarcerated artists and activists Ruben Saldaña, Gale Buswell, Marquis McKenzie, Jason Fronczek, Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Christopher Etienne, Terrell Blount and Jhafis Quintero.


A StagedReading of Dominique Morisseau’s Blood at the Root

Saturday, Sept.26 | 7:30 p.m


Based on theJena Six in Louisiana, Dominique Morisseau’s bold and striking play examines racial and social injustice and the power of individual and collective voices in speaking up against racism and prejudice.