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The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project - 3D virtual exhibition by Marilyn Fox

The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project

Wed, 02/10/2021 to Thu, 11/10/2022

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THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLABORATION QUILTS PROJECT

In about 1997, inmate lifers inside Angola Prison, a.k.a. Louisiana State Penitentiary, learned the art of professional hospice care. Then they turned their attention to their fellow dying inmate brothers and began administering loving end-of-life care to their friends. The first group of inmate hospice volunteers was born.

In about 2012, my lifer pen pal, Kenya, and I were talking about his work as a hospice volunteer, and we also talked about how we both were quilters. He told me about the quilts the lifer hospice volunteers had made, how he had learned to make quilts, and that the quilts were a way for the men to raise money for their hospice project. They raised money by selling their quilts, and then they’d buy clothing, etcetera for the dying men and sometimes used the money to pay for a family member’s last visit to the prison, to say goodbye to their loved one. I felt the world must see the quilts and know what their story is about. K agreed.

One thing lead to another, and K and I decided we’d collaborate, join forces, in our love of quilting, and we started by talking about quilts, then we progressed to making one or two together, and now the idea is a project, and the project has wings of its own. We are now a handful of quilters strong and the number of monster gorgeous, socially conscious, and stunningly creative quilts has grown to over fifty. It is a remarkable pile of quilts – a pile that runs deep and wide and in so many other directions.

The project’s goals are many: teach the world about the prison hospice program, support the hospice program, create a bridge of communication between inside quilters and free quilters, show the world how to collaborate with men in prison, give voice to inside and outside quilters’ political consciousness, support art behind prison walls, give support to the legal teams that are working with some of the Inside Quilters, and more. The quilts are ambassadors and the bridge between two worlds. Never has there been so much fabric that has said so much !

The first exhibitions of the quilts: first they went up at Gallery Aferro, Newark NJ, in the fall of 2019. The show was beautiful! Next, the quilts will travel to The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum on the campus of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey to be displayed in conjunction with an exhibit that features professor and political activist, Angela Davis. The show runs from 1 September 2021 to 31 December 2021. The Exhibit title: Stitching Time. International Arts & Artists is currently developing a travelling exhibition, tentatively scheduled to begin in fall, 2023.

Stay screaming, Maureen Kelleher
Director
TSJCQP

Jeffrey Wechsler, Co-Curator of the Project, and Advising Curator. Jeffrey was Senior Curator at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey from 1983 to 2011. Specializing in lesser-known aspects of twentieth-century American art, he organized many exhibitions of American art, including Surrealism and American Art, 1931-1947, Realism and Realities: The Other Side of American Painting, 1940-1960, Abstract Expressionism: Other Dimensions, and Asian Traditions / Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction, 1945-1970.

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