Panel Discussion: Seeing Angola

14 Feb 2018

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7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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This event is FREE and open to the public

Aperture Foundation

New York
New York, United States


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The second panel discussion in a six - part series of public programs surrounding photography's relationship to mass incarceration in the United States, hosted at Aperture Foundation Gallery.


Louisiana’s State Penitentiary, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States, is also known as “Angola,” as it sits on the site of a former plantation with a slave population originating from Angola, Africa. This panel convenes three photographers and one writer who have made work about the notorious prison in a state that has the highest rate of incarceration of any place in the world.

Panelists: Deborah Luster, Zachary Lazar, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

Moderated by Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums

This spring, Aperture magazine will release “Prison Nation,” addressing the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis. Organized with the scholar Nicole R. Fleetwood, this landmark issue will be accompanied by a related exhibition from February 7 through March 7, 2018, as well as a series of six public programs—featuring speakers such as Nigel Poor, Jamel Shabazz, Deborah Luster, Bruce Jackson, Jesse Krimes, Sable Elyse Smith, Joseph Rodriguez, and more—all to take place at Aperture Foundation’s gallery.

Click here to see the full list of Prison Nation programs

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