February 18, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Watkins Theater, Watkins Institute, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228, USA
Owing to weather conditions, the Feb. 18 screening of Corrections and the Feb. 19 lecture by Ashley Hunt have been postponed. We’re working to find another date this semester for him to travel from LA to Nashville!
Original announcement follows…
In conjunction with Ashley Hunt’s February 19 lecture, Watkins will present a free screening of Corrections (2001, 57 minutes) on Wednesday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater. The film is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project The Corrections Documentary Project, in which Hunt investigates the institution of the prison and, more specifically, how incarceration helps structure and preserve racial and economic divisions within society. Corrections looks at the privatization of the prison system, exposing the conflict between for-profit corporations focused on pleasing investors and the communities which must deal with the consequences of high incarceration rates. Probing further to explore links between political campaign strategies and the increasing penalties for nonviolent crimes, Hunt uncovers a complex system of desires and incentives that lie behind the growth of the American prison system.
Ashley Hunt is a Los Angeles-based writer and artist best known for his activist projects in video, photography and graphic design which engage the ideas of social movements, modes of learning and public speech. His work is often concerned with questions of power and the ways that some people have more, others have less, and what can be done about that. Among his most celebrated works are his ongoing video series on the prison system, entitled The Corrections Documentary Project, and his Prison Maps. His work has been screened and exhibited at the P.S.1/MOMA, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. He is Co-Director of the Program in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Ashley Hunt’s lecture is part of the 2015 Watkins Visiting Artists Series, which received grant funding from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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