sea/sky, blood, earth, you

sea/sky, blood, earth, you
  • TUG Collective

Institution: Emery Community Arts Center (Farmington)

In collaboration with the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center, Artivism in Maine, Restorative Art Works, and Helping Incarcerated Individuals Transition.

Imagining freedom, whether as decarceration if not outright abolition, requires empathy, and empathy—literally, the capacity to feel (pathos) together (em)—involves tapping into the part of ourselves that is relational. sea/sky, blood, earth, you starts from that which is relational, in this case, the experience of aging rooted in the body, to gather some finer meaning about fragility, resilience, and the performance of care. Tracing a relationship of kinship among caregivers, Returning Citizens, families, and reentry advocates, this multifaceted project aims to foster awareness of, and reform for, elderly and terminally-ill incarcerated individuals and Returning Citizens. Look for additional programs accompanying this exhibition.

View a 3D Virtual Tour of the exhibition here.

On View: November 1 – December 9, 2021. Gallery hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays and government holidays.) The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy St. (between Main St. and High St.) in downtown Farmington, Maine.

Join us for the opening reception of sea/sky, blood, earth, you at the Emery Community Arts Center in Farmington, ME; with a 20-minute presentation by Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition Assistant Director, Jan Collins, to follow at 7:00 pm. Then immediately following, without intermission, there will be a 15-minute workshop performance of Larraine Brown’s play, For the Next Guy, based on the life of Norman Kehling, who survived 30 years of incarceration, seven of which were spent in isolation. The night will close with a community Q&A and conversation with Collins, Kehling, Brown, and actor David Troup.

Presented by TUG Collective.