The results are arresting, as the writers, who are also men in prison, make anonymous images their own, speaking out of their own experiences, bringing insights and empathy that no outside critic or art historian could.
Inmates are challenging a state statute that bans images of nudity in prison — even those found in art, literature, and medical journals.
The images and art works that make up this exhibition — mostly vernacular and documentary photographs — restore dignity to their subjects by restoring nuance to their stories.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva has a collection of over 360 objects made by prisoners from over 60 countries.
What I saw when I stepped from the elevator and entered the hush of the Artists Space gallery was barely anything: a red raincoat on the wall, some honey-colored wood benches that looked as if they belonged in a courtroom, and some odd steel contraptions on the floor.
Prison plays an ambivalent role in the imagination of many white Americans.