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Resisting Incarceration Culture: Art as Survival

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jan 21

Tue, Jan 21 2020, 12PM - Fri, Jan 31 2020 5PM View map
Oliver Art Center | 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618

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Event description

Based in ideologies of white supremacy, xenophobia, capitalism, classism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, “incarceration culture” artificially divides people into categories of “good/safe” and "bad/dangerous." Incarceration culture creates and maintains the dominant belief that police, prisons, militaries, wars, and militarized borders make “us,” the general population, safer. Meanwhile, a growing number of activists, scholars, and artists are challenging this doctrine and recognizing jails, prisons, juvenile halls, military detention camps, immigration detention centers, and internment camps as sites of violence. Resisting Incarceration Culture: Art as Survival is a group exhibition that critically examines state violence and imagines a world without correctional facilities, police, militaries, and borders.

About the Curators:
Malic Amalya is an experimental filmmaker whose films have screened across the US and the world. His work attends to the emotional impact of attachment and estrangement, and the corresponding political repercussions of alliances and enmities. His latest film, RUN!, connects the mythologies and national narratives surrounding war, electrical power plants, insecticide, and transgender inclusion in (and exclusion from) the military. At CCA, Malic teaches 4D in the First Year Department and Civil Disobedience & Artistic Unrest in the UDIST Program, and is a Mentor for the First Year Honors Program. 

Annah Anti-Palindrome is a sound-artist, writer, and multi-media performer. She has three full length albums of music— White Knuckle SonnetsAn(n)a(h)log, and Dangling Modifiers— which she has toured with throughout the US and Canada. A Lambda Literary Fellow, staff writer for Everyday Feminism Magazine, and co-founder of Oakland’s Deviant Type Press, her writing has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Her first full-length book of poetry, DNA Hymn, was released in October 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. Annah teaches in the Critical Studies Department at CCA.

Michael Washington is an adjunct faculty member in the Critical Studies Department at CCA. He earned his Ph.D in Continental Philosophy from Kingston University (UK), and his research lies at the intersections of queer theory, critical race studies, and Black feminist thought. 

Image: Installation by Claudia Lutz, 2018

Entry details

Oliver Art Center
Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Wed., Jan. 22, 5:30-7:30pm
Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 12:00-5:00pm; Closed Saturday & Sunday