Part of the statewide exhibition partnership Freedom & Captivity, Home Fires centers the narrative of the families and loved ones of incarcerated people. The experience of having a family member or friend who has been in the incarceration system, or having family history that involves incarceration, is very common in the United States. However, this experience is not commonly shared outside of the family context. Home Fires presents the work of artists who have experienced incarceration in their immediate or distant family, or who use this concept as a structural theme in their work, to shine a light on what incarceration can mean for those of us who have stayed at home. Artists include Gustavo and Gaelyn Aguilar (TUG Collective), Julie K. Gray, Kim Wilson, Lauren Tosswill, Forrest Meyer and Mai Snow.
This virtual conversation with Jan Collins, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, which occurred on November 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM, discusses the themes and works featured in the exhibition.
Featured Image: Kim Wilson, Sara (detail). Mixed media collage, 5×7”, 2021.