Exhibitions & Events
The Weight of Rage
Weight of Rage was accompanied by several events starting with a Families and Communities Event. Lasana Kazembe read poems from t PNAP poets at Stateville. William Estrada photographed participants for free as part of the Portraits of Resolution Project--a mobile photo studio documenting the impact incarceration has on the community. Alderman Walter Burnett and Benny Lee spoke about the importance of education and support for incarcerated people. Sponsored by St. Leonard’s Ministries.
An interactive poetry performance titled WITHHELD was produced by Just Yell Chicago Team of Poets, working with artist Cheryl Pope and hosted in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.
Michael Johnson and Maria Gaspar from the 96 Acres Project hosted a listening and response session of audio stories taken from their archive and based on communities most impacted by the Cook County Jail, the largest single site pre-detention facility in the country.
Fereshteh Toosi projected a 16mm film titled The Insiders (1970, 16mm film) portrays daily life at a state prison filmed by an incarcerated person at Missouri State Penitentiary for the NBC Educational Enterprises Series. We also screened a new film, A Place to Stand (2014), a documentary based on Jimmy Santiago Baca’s memoir of the same name. This evening was also hosted in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.
During the last week of the show, Audrey Petty hosted a creative writing workshop with students from the Village Leadership Academy students who composed their own open letters in response to the exhibition. The Hyde Park Youth Art Board also created writing that responded to work in the show and led tours of based on their responses.