Trevor Paglen

April 29 - May 28, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 PM

Recording Carceral Landscapes documents a series of interventions into sites associated with the Prison Industrial Complex. Trevor Paglen records numerous encounters using a set of specialized gadgets to surveil the people and places that drive California's massive prison system. From Pelican Bay State Prison to the California Correctional Peace Officers Association headquarters, and from the inner chambers of Sacramento to the financial centers of the Bay Area, Paglen shows how mass-imprisonment has insinuated itself into the very fabric of the state, and how prisons themselves are only one part of the Prison Industrial Complex. Several multimedia installations will be on display using images, video, and audio recordings culled from the broader project. The exhibition will also showcase a series of prison re-design proposals that the artist has produced in collaboration with architects Carrie Foster, Matt Wittman, and the Nsumi group.


Panel Discussion: Everything You Think You Know About Prisons is Wrong

Thursday, May 12, 8 PM
$3-$15 sliding scale admission, no one turned away for lack of funds

Within the context of Trevor Paglen's exhibition, Cynthia Chandler (Justice Now), Rachel Herzing (Critical Resistance), Doug Spalding (California Prison Focus), and AC Thompson (SF Guardian) tackle the issues of globalization, imperialism and the prison industrial complex. The panel will look at how the prison system is not merely comprised of the prisons themselves, but how it is a fundamental structure of our society's organization.

Artist’s Talk & Closing Reception

Thursday, May 26, 2005, 8 PM

Trevor Paglen will discuss the Carceral Landscapes project, lead a walk-through of the exhibition, and answer questions from audience members. A closing reception will follow.