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This keyword list offers an alternative way to move through the Barring Freedom website by indexing some of the themes and ideas that artists touched on in their interviews and/or that we see connecting across different artworks. Clicking on an artist name after a keyword will take you to the relevant place on the artist’s page. Below the index are the bibliography of texts we have cited in the study guides and exhibition pages and a list of readings suggested for further study by the artists.

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Levester Williams

Art Institutions

Museums Dread Scott

Art Market Ashley HuntHank Willis Thomas

Black Lives Matter

American ArtistAshley HuntDread Scott

Central California Women’s Facility

Sharon DanielAshley Hunt

Declaration of Independence

Sonya Clark

Defund the Police

Sharon DanielDread Scott


Sonya Clark


Levester Williams


Sonya Clark


Ashley Hunt



Maria Gaspar


Sherrill Roland

Pledge of Allegiance

Sharon Daniel

Police Violence

Ashley HuntSanford BiggersSharon Daniel

Blue Identity American Artist

George Floyd Dread Scott

Michael Brown Levester Williams

Sandra Bland American Artist

Power Redistribution

Prison Renaissance

Predictive Policing

American Artist


Sherrill Roland

Racial Categories

Sonya Clark


Sherrill Roland


Dread Scott


Maria Gaspar

Sound Installation

Prison Renaissance

Soy Paz, Soy Más

Maria Gaspar


Prison Renaissance


Sonya Clark

Underground Scholars

Ashley Hunt


Dread Scott

Wrongful Incarceration

Sherrill Roland

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Alexander, Michelle

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

New York: The New Press, 2012.

Berger, Dan, Mariam Kaba, and David Stein

What Abolitionists Do

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Jacobin, August 24, 2017.

Bozelko, Chandra

Think Prison Labor Is a Form of Slavery? Think Again.

Read Here

Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2017, sec. Opinion.

Browne, Simone

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Budget Information.

Read Here.

Cullors, Patrisse

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors Explains Her Fight for Prison Abolition

Read Now

Teen Vogue, February 22, 2019.

Davis, Angela Y.

Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of Black Lives Matter.

Read Here.

NYU, November 5, 2018.

Feldman, Kiera

California Kept Prison Factories Open. Inmates Worked for Pennies an Hour as COVID-19 Spread.

Read Here.

Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2020, sec. California.

Fleetwood, Nicole R.

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2020.

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson, and James Kilgore

The Case for Prison Abolition.

Read Here

The Marshall Project, June 19, 2019.

Hartman, Saidiya

Saidiya Hartman on Insurgent Histories and the Abolitionist Imaginary.

Read Here

Artforum, July 14, 2020.

Kaba, Mariame

“Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.

Read Here

The New York Times, June 12, 2020, sec. Opinion.

How We See the World

Mirzoeff, Nicholas

Basic Books, 2016.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas

The Appearance of Black Lives Matter | NAME

Ebook., 2017.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas

The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality.

Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Sanchez, Angel E.

In Spite of Prison.

Harvard Law Review 132, no. 6 (April 2019): 1650–83.

Story, Brett

Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America.

Illustrated Edition. Minneapolis: Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Wang, Jackie

Carceral Capitalism

Semiotext(e) Intervention Series 21. South Pasadena, CA: Semiotexte, 2018.

Woodfox, Albert


New York: Grove Press, 2019.

Zimmerman, Emily, and Sadie Barnette

The Politics of Sight.

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BOMB Magazine. April 21, 2020.

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Artists’ Suggested Reading

Agard, John

Half-Caste and Other Poems

UK ed. Edition. London: Hodder Children’s Books, 2005.

Alexander, Michelle

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

New York: The New Press, 2012.

Anzaldúa, Gloria

Borderlands = La Frontera: The New Mestiza.

First edition. San Francisco: Spinsters/Aunt Lute, 1987.

Avakian, Bob

BAsics, from the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian

Original Edition. Chicago: RCP Publications, 2011.

Barrett, Lindon

Blackness and Value : Seeing Double

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Gibran, Kahlil

Sand and Foam ; a Book of Aphorisms.

New York: Knopf, 1954.

Haney, Craig

Death by Design: Capital Punishment As a Social Psychological System

Illustrated Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Herzing, Rachel

Big Dreams and Bold Steps Toward a Police-Free Future

Read Here

Truthout. September 16, 2015.

Kaba, Mariame, and John Duda

Towards the Horizon of Abolition: A Conversation with Mariame Kaba.

Read Here

The Next System Project. November 9, 2017.

Klonsky, Amanda

An Epicenter of the Pandemic Will Be Jails and Prisons, If Inaction Continues.

Read Here

The New York Times, March 16, 2020, sec. Opinion.

Nelson, Rachel

Viral Biopolitics

Read Here

The Brooklyn Rail. May 6, 2020.

Painter, Nell Irvin

The History of White People

First edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.

Rankine, Claudia.

Citizen: An American Lyric

1st Edition. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2014.

Roy, Arundhati

The Pandemic Is a Portal

Read Here

Financial Times, April 3, 2020.

Wykstra, Stephanie

The Case against Solitary Confinement

Read Here

Vox, April 17, 2019.

Allen, Diane Jones

Lost in the Transit Desert: Race, Transit Access, and Suburban Form

1st Edition. London : New York: Routledge, 2017.

Berger, Dan, Mariam Kaba, and David Stein

What Abolitionists Do

Read Here

Jacobin, August 24, 2017.

Blackmon, Douglas A.

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II

First edition. New York: Doubleday, 2008.

Blakinger, Keri

As COVID-19 Measures Grow, Prison Oversight Falls.”

Read Here

The Marshall Project, March 17, 2020.

Browne, Simone

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

Burns, Karpani.

Coronavirus: The Invisible Enemy behind Enemy Lines

Read Here

San Francisco Bay View, April 5, 2020.

Childress, Sarah

Craig Haney: Solitary Confinement Is a ‘Tried-and-True’ Torture Device

Read Here

Frontline, April 22, 2014.

Daniel, Sharon

Public Secrets/Secret Publics

Springerin Magazine, no. 2 (2008).

Daniel, Sharon

The Blindness of Whiteness and the Labour of the Negative

Kunstlicht, Radical Imaginings: Art Practices of/for Justice 40, no. 1–2 (2019): 18–30.

Davis, Angela Y.

Are Prisons Obsolete?

New York: Seven Stories, 2003.

Davis, Angela Y.

Women, Culture & Politics

Reprint Edition. Vintage, 2011.

Davis, Angela Y.

Women, Race, & Class

1st Vintage Books ed Edition. Vintage, 2011.

Dokou, Christina

Vowel Obstruction: (Not) Screamin’ Joy out of ‘Real Pain.’

(Re)Constructing Pain and Joy: Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Perspectives. Ed. Chryssoula Lascaratou, Anna Despotopoulou, and Elly Ifantidou. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, 395–413.

Fanon, Frantz

Black Skin, White Masks

Grove Press, 2008

Freire, Paulo

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

30th anniversary ed. New York: Continuum, 2000.

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson, and James Kilgore

The Case for Prison Abolition

Read Here

Johnson, Paula, Angela J. Davis, and Joyce A. Logan

Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women In Prison

New York: NYU Press, 2004.

Johnson, Walter

Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market

Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999.

King, Robert Hillary, and Terry Kupers

From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King

First Edition. Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2008.

Lorde, Audre

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Crossing Press, 2007.

Marriott, David

On Decadence: Bling Bling

Read Here

#79 (February 2017).

Rideau, Wilbert

In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Redemption

Illustrated Edition. New York: Vintage, 2011.

Rothstein, Richard

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

First edition. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017.

Sudbury, Julia, ed

Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex

1st Edition. Routledge, 2014.

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