Orchestrated selection of films, objects, images and text, like fragments and debris, when brought together, construct both implicit and constructed memory, as a filter for determining the context and influencing our way of judgments and thinking, through the created image. The various situations of absence offer a sort of depository for possibilities. Flexible narratives turn the exhibition into an imperfect text extended in time, an insight into order of things without an appropriate name, and in form of a conceptual gesture provide a dialogue within a coherent space. Selected artist from the same geopolitical background, which are finding ways of presenting and dealing with how dominant ideologies shape our reality and infiltrate into our lives were invited to contribute to the story in order to create a scenery for a dramarticule by using the exhibition as a medium. Fictional narrative that is threaded in between pieces creates a certain distance, while also appropriating them to provide information, where historical representation is interlaced with facts, associations and poetics. Reading through the pieces is an attempt to remember in a different way, and nothing more.
April 20th, 2015 through May 22, 2015
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
JOHN JAY COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, PRESIDENT’S GALLERY proudly presents The Writing on the Wall.
A collaborative installation between the visual artist Hank Willis Thomas and the professor and journalist Baz Dreisinger, The Writing on the Wall comes to John Jay College after debuting in September, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, where it was part of the Peoples’ Biennial.
The installation is made from essays, poems, letters, stories, diagrams and notes written by individuals in prison around the world, from America and Australia to Brazil, Norway and Uganda. The hand-written and typed pieces were accrued by Dr. Dreisinger during her years teaching in US and international prisons, in the context of both the Prison-to-College Pipeline program she founded at John Jay and her forthcoming book Incarceration Nations: Journeying to Justice in Prisons Around the World.