CBA Workspace Artist in Residence Rowan Renee (they/them) began the project Between the Lines in Fall 2020 as a series of correspondence-driven art workshops with LGBTQ+ artists and writers incarcerated in Florida – supported by the organization We, Women Photo. Through Between the Lines, Renee sought to create a support network for incarcerated participants by maintaining regular correspondence as an abolitionist mutual aid practice.
Building on the relationships formed during the project year, Renee curated Between the Lines: A Collaboration Across Prison Walls – a reading and print launch event hosted in-person at CBA on October 27, 2021 at 6:30pm. The one-night event presents five poetry and print collaborations between NYC-based artists and artists/writers incarcerated in Florida and Texas.
1. Claudia Cortínez + Scott Munro
2. Faride Mereb + Master Ramsey-El
3. Adama Delphine Fawundu + Bro. Truth
4. Alix Pentecost Farren + Maurice Young
5. Oswaldo García + Willie McPhee
6. Rowan Renee + Edee Allynnah Davis
Each collaborative project explores the printed multiple as a powerful vehicle to build relationships and dialogue across prison walls. By conveying the lived experiences of the collaborators through creative text and imagery to a larger audience, this reading celebrates the resilience of the artistic spirit while advocating for the fundamental dignity of all people living in confinement.
The limited edition of 100 prints created for this project is on legal size, white or off-white paper, which adheres to prison mailroom restrictions. All proceeds from print sales will be donated to organizations that directly support incarcerated artists. This event is generously supported by the City Artist Corps, a grant intended to activate and energize New York City’s artists and engage the public with art activities this summer and fall.
About the Speakers
Rowan Renee (they/them) (b. 1985, West Palm Beach, Florida) is a genderqueer artist currently working in Brooklyn, NY. Their work explores how queer identity is mediated by the law. Through image, text, and installation, they address the impact of intergenerational trauma and gender-based violence within the criminal justice system. Their solo exhibitions include Z at Pioneer Works (2015) and Bodies of Wood at the Aperture Foundation (2017). They have received awards from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, and the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit. Between the Lines, their current project with We, Women Photo, is a collaboration with LGBTQ+ incarcerated artists in Florida. Their installation, No Spirit For Me (2019), is included in the critically acclaimed exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, curated by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, at MoMA PS1.
More speakers TBA.
About CBA’s Workspace Artist in Residence Program
The purpose of CBA’s Workspace Artist in Residence program is to promote experimentation in making book art – thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Residents are selected by an independent panel of artists, curators, and professionals in the field.
The deadline to apply for the 2022 cohort is November 1, 2021.
This event is free, though we ask that you please consider making a donation of $5 or more in support of CBA’s programming! Thank you for your support.