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Broken?

An exhibition that is part of the Picture Justice program by PROOF: Media for Social Justice and the United Nations International School. Designed by Willhemina Wahlin.


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It was weird from the first day I was in there, from the first day they put the handcuffs on me, because I knew I didn’t do it. After a while I just kept hearing the same thing for the whole 3 years. I just learnt to cope with just being in there. It was rough. After a while I just gave up hope.

There were nights I couldn’t sleep because I thought about when I go home what would be the first thing I would do. There were times when I cried myself to sleep.
— KALIEF BROWDER

PROJECT: BROKEN?

PART OF: The PIcture justice program

Stakeholders: proof: media for social justice & the united nations international school (UNIS)

CURATOR: Leora Kahn

PROGRAM DIRECTORS: ABBY MCphail (unis) &
Debra Driscoll (PROOF)

Designer: Willhemina Wahlin

PHOTOGRAPHERS: PICTURE JUSTICE STUDENTS

research focus: Analysis of organisational methods of practice

 

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ABOUT

Broken? is an exhibition that was developed in 2015 through the Picture Justice program, a joint initiative of PROOF: Media for Social Justice and the United Nations International School. Picture Justice is an educational workshop series for high school students in New York. The program aims to foster upstander behaviour in young people, while teaching them skills in ethical interviewing techniques, portrait photography and visual communication. The theme of the exhibition is the ‘Criminal INjustice’ System of New York state.


PROJECT BRIEF

The two links below contain two variations of a project brief for Broken? The first links to the document that was sent to the curatorial/project director team. The second contains the information that was returned.

Project Brief Form (PDF)

Project Brief (PDF)


EXHIBITION CONTENT

Panel 1: Introduction
Panel 2: History of Picture Justice (added 2016)
Panel 3: Racial Disparities in the War on Drugs
Panel 4: The New Jim Crow
Panel 5: Guilty of Being Poor (updated 2016)
Panel 6: 15 Days to Social Death
Panel 7: People Don't Go to Prison. Families Do.
Panel 8: Impact on Families (added 2016)
Panel 9: Fast Track to Adulthood (updated 2016)
Panel 10: 34,000 Beds
Panel 11: Restorative Justice
Panel 12: Women Behind Bars (added 2016)
Panel 13: Fixing What is Broken (added 2016)
Panel 14: Re-Invest in People (added 2016)
Panel 15: Broken Windows Policing (added 2016)


EXHIBITION PANELS

EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY

Images courtesy of PROOF: Media for Social Justice and UNIS.

EXHIBITION BOOKLET

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