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Freedom & Captivity is a statewide, coalition-based public humanities project designed to consider a future without prisons and mass incarceration. The initiative runs from September through December 2021 and features over 50 participating organizations and institutions including Ticonic Gallery at 10 Water Street.
Ticonic Gallery will host the art exhibition Art Inside that will feature the work of Maine-based photographers Trent Bell, Séan Alonzo Harris, and Lesley MacVane. The photographs in Art Inside depict artwork within the walls of the Maine State Prison, Mountain View, and Southern Maine Women’s Correctional Center facilities. These photographs offer a humanizing portrait of their makers and have served as a creative outlet for members of the prison population.
This project was made possible by the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, the Maine Department of Corrections, the Freedom and Captivity project, the generosity of Trent Bell, Aaron Flacke, Séan Alonzo Harris, and Lesley MacVane, and the Maine Humanities Council.
Photo by Trent Bell.