Here is the video and discussion for the book launch of "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration" (Harvard University Press, 2020) by Nicole R. Fleetwood, hosted by MoMA PS1. All media directly embedded from the original source. We have included relevant links to familiarize viewers and readers with the book and its author's work.
book launch video
book launch description
"Marking Time" reflects Fleetwood’s decade-long dedication to researching, curating, and archiving the visual art and creative practices of incarcerated artists and art that responds to mass incarceration. Based on interviews with currently and formerly incarcerated artists, prison visits, and the author’s own family experiences with the penal system, "Marking Time" shows how imprisoned artists turn ordinary objects into elaborate works of art. Working with meager supplies and in the harshest conditions—including solitary confinement—these artists find ways to resist the brutality and depravity that prisons engender.
About the Speakers
Nicole R. Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She has published two books and co-curated exhibitions on art and mass incarceration.
Fred Moten is a poet, scholar, and professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is author of several books, his most recent of which is, "All that Beauty."
Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia-based artist and curator, and the co-founder of Right of Return USA, the first national fellowship dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated artists. His work has been exhibited at venues nationally and internationally.
Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter, also known as “Isis Tha Saviour,” is a Philadelphia-based, artist and activist who creates socially conscious art, film, and music. Her work offers a critical perspective on the particular challenges women of color face in the criminal justice system.
Marking Time: Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration — Nicole R. Fleetwood | Harvard University Press
A powerful document of the inner lives and creative visions of men and women rendered invisible by America’s prison system.
I have seen how change begins through healing and as an art therapist and educator, I am deeply interested in creating space for healing. I often ask myself, what does community healing look like? What space needs to be opened for this to happen, and what modality best serves that opening?
Nicole R. Fleetwood - Professor of American Studies and Art History
Nicole R. Fleetwood is Professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is a writer, curator, and art critic whose interests are contemporary black diasporic art and visual culture, photography studies, art and public practice, performance studies, gender and feminist studies, black cultural history, creative nonfiction, prison abolition and carceral studies, and poverty studies.
A powerful document of the inner lives and creative visions of men and women rendered invisible by America’s prison system.More than two million people are currently behind bars in the United States. Incarceration not only separates the imprisoned from their families and...