INSTALLATION

#JAILBEDDROP

Jail Bed Drop began a countywide art installation organized by Patrisse Cullors and Cecilia Sweet-Coll through Justice LA, an organization that is currently fighting LA County’s 3.5 billion dollar jail expansion plan. On December 24th, 2017 over 50 artists dropped replicated jail beds in different cities within Los Angeles County.

 

Myself and my collaborator, Jermey Grandberry  created a performance art piece.

We performed and displayed our installation at Manhattan Village shopping plaza in Manhattan Beach, CA. We performed in a busy walkway where people were walking and driving. Our piece disrupted the routines of the individuals who shop at the plaza, informed them of LA County’s jail plan, offered them an alternate way to use the money, and provided statistics to support our alternative plan. We wanted to challenge those passing to see incarcerated folks as everyday people through images we created with our bodies and the frame of the bed.

Photography by: Ella Mikayelyan

 

As an extension of this series, our team (Minh-Han Vu, Georgina Grkikian, Bindhu Swaminathan, and Adam Drazan, and Myself) created a performance and interactive installation space to hold an open and candid discussion on abolition.The #jailbeddrop experience consists of a performance and interactive installation rooted in challenging our inherent notion between crime and punishment. The work contextualizes and facilitates a space to explore interpersonal accountability and reflect those values back on our “criminal justice system.”

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK HERE.

Photography by: Ella Mikayelyan

 

3 GOALS:

1. Challenge ou inherent notion between crime and punishment

2. Educate and Reimagine

3. Explore the intentions and effects of the system

 

Why art?

There has to be a shift in culture alongside a shift in policy in order to obtain and maintain a healthy system of accountability. This experience is a space that brings people together and gives them tools to breakdown how they think about the system. Art allows us to self reflect, listen, feel first then process, empathize, and imagine. All of these things are vital in creating a culture where we can see people as reflections of ourselves and a culture that chooses care first rather than punishment.

This is a space to disrupt complacency around punitive practices. 

This is a space to disrupt complacency around U.S. jails being the largest mental health providers in the country. 

This is a space to disrupt complacency around the conditions of jails and prisons.

This is a space to disrupt complacency around the idea that people are inherently good or bad.

This is a space to reimagine, shift culture, learn, share perspectives, support radical policy, and a space for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to be seen.

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