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Disturb the View: A Conversation with Ashley Hunt, Nicole Marroquin, and Claire Pentecost

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January 31 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm PST

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Please note: this event begins at 4:00 pm (PST) and 6:00 pm (CST).

The U.S. landscape is a carceral archive, dotted with prisons and detention centers that are often withheld from view. Join us for a virtual conversation with three artists whose work exposes the structures and histories of punitive violence that shore up contemporary carceral formations, as they discuss what role the arts can play in the movement for prison abolition. This event is jointly hosted with the Prison+Neighborhood Arts/Education Project, a collective of artists, educators, and organizers based in Chicago.

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom Webinar and is free and open to the public. Participants must register through Zoom to receive the secure link. 

Ashley Hunt is an artist and activist based in Los Angeles, where he teaches in the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been widely exhibited and supported, most recently, by the Art for Justice Fund. Ashley Hunt: Degrees of Visibility/Ashes Ashes will open at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences Galleries in February, 2023.

Nicole Marroquin is a transdisciplinary artist and teacher educator who explores youth resistance movements, belonging and spatial justice through histories of Black and Latinx Chicago. She presents scholarship and exhibits internationally, is a 2022 United States Artist Fellowship recipient, and a member of the Chicago ACT and Justseeds collectives.

Claire Pentecost is an artist and writer who investigates issues of nature and artificiality. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as dOCUMENTA (13), the 13th Istanbul Biennial, and Whitechapel, London, and is professor emerita at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Moderated by Professor Gina Dent, co-director of the Visualizing Abolition project.

This event is collaboratively produced and sponsored by the Institute of Arts and Sciences Visualizing Abolition public scholarship initiative and the Prison+Neighborhood Arts/Education Project.

Image: Janneth Ballesteros, Mysterious Castle, collage, 2015. Made using pictures of Froebel School, a site of the 1973 student uprisings in Chicago, in a workshop with artist and educator Nicole Marroquin.