sea/sky, blood, earth, you
TUG Collective (Gaelyn & Gustavo Aguilar)
Flex Space Gallery: November 1 – December 9, 2021
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.
sea/sky, blood earth, you is part of Freedom & Captivity: A Humanities Initiative for an Abolitionist Future – Fall 2021
Thursday, Nov. 4th: Opening Reception & Talk/Performance
–5:00pm-7:00pm: Exhibition Opening Reception (Flex Space Gallery)
–7:00pm-8:30pm: Presentation by Jan Collins (Assistant Director of the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition) and a performance of an excerpt from the full-length play, For the Next Guy (Emery Performance Space)
This event is free and open to the public. Masks are required.