“#Rehumanize, for Albert Woodfox” and Book Launch for “The House that Herman Built”
We are pleased to hold a concurrent book launch and opening reception for the exhibition “#Rehumanize, for Albert Woodfox,” with artists Jackie Sumell and Devin Reynolds, at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery. Both events will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, August 8.
“#Rehumanize” is an exhibition is lovingly dedicated to Albert Woodfox, one of a trio of male prison inmates who collectively became known as “The Angola 3.” Mr. Woodfox is the last to remain in prison of this group. He was assigned the prison number #72148 when he was just 23 years old. Now 68, Woodfox’s prison identification number corresponds with the commercial SKU number of an insulated thermos by Makita.
The artists state, “The exhibition is designed to provide the greater public understanding of the for-profit commercialized and dehumanized American prison system. It hopes to introduce conversations around the corporatization of incarceration, its inherent cruelties and ineffectiveness. If you allow profit driven institutions to be in charge of human capital, as was true with chattel slavery and is now true with in the Prison Industrial Complex, there is no possibility for justice, equality, or reform because the goals are not the same.
“Through this exhibition, we ask you to imagine a world without prisons and to begin to dream of ways to better insure public safety and well-being without the need to simply dehumanize and punish. What can we learn from global best practices to re-educate and re-engage? Our hope is that you the viewer of any age will emerge moved to work for greater justice and beneficial reform.”
The exhibition will run from August 8 through September 7, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Our phone number is 504.948.6939. Please direct any questions to Kathy Rodriguez at email@example.com. Please see the UNO website (www.uno.edu) for an article here with further information on the exhibition.