Performance & Art
A bedroom furnished with a single jail bed, is waiting to be filled with artwork, love letters, birthday cards, stuffed animals, and crafts — the many different forms of expression and connection that have come from incarcerated people’s experiences.
This is part of an installation that explores the intricacies of our prison system.
A jungle gym sits just beside the room, one you might find on a childhood playground. This structure intends to bring the perspective of children back into this conversation of abolition, while simultaneously being emblematic of how interconnected the prison industrial complex is with every system, institution, and issue our country faces.
This is the stage to a performance that aims to challenge our inherent notion between crime and punishment .
This is a ceremony.
This piece evolved from Justice LA's #jailbeddrop series that is rooted in attaching people and their stories to these jailbeds. Patrisse Cullors and Cecila Sweet-Coll started this series in 2017.
As an extension of this series, our team created this performance and interactive installation space to hold an open and candid discussion on abolition.