New exhibit highlights works from incarcerated LGBT artists

By November 12, 2016

A new exhibit at the Abrons Arts Center displays the works of incarcerated LGBT creators in an effort to empower and give voice to their experience. Created by Tatiana Von Furstenberg and Black and Pink, an organization supporting LGBTQ prisoners, On the Inside: A Group Show of LGBTQ Artists Who Are Currently Incarcerated shows works from prisoners all over the U.S., “made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars: mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ball-point pen ink tubes (the hard shell is deemed too dangerous), and unlikely innovations such as using an asthma inhaler with Kool-aid to create an air brushed painting.

 

The aim of the collection is to give the incarcerated LGBT prisoners, who “face a greater risk of physical and sexual victimization” behind bars, a means to express their often-silenced, marginalized voices through art.

 

The exhibit is on display until December 16, 2016.