Visualizing Abolition presents artist Ashley Hunt in conversation with MJ Hart, Joshua Solis, Alberto Lule, Ryan Flaco Rising, and Rodrigo Vazquez of the Underground Scholars Initiative. The Underground Scholars Initiative supports formerly incarcerated students at UC Santa Cruz and system impacted students in the transition experience and beyond. For Art, Abolition, and the University, Hunt and the Underground Scholars will talk about their collaboration of a broadsheet for the Barring Freedom exhibition. They will also discuss the roles of the university in struggles for abolition and what they call the prison to school pipeline.
Ashley Hunt and the Underground Scholars have produced a broad sheet about their experiences, if you are interested in receiving a hard copy mailed to you, please enter your address below.
For the 2020/21 year, UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts & Sciences, in collaboration with Professor Dent, feminist studies, has organized a year-long series of online events featuring artists, activists, scholars, & others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition. Originally, Visualizing Abolition was being planned as an in-person symposium, bringing together artists, lawyers, scholars, & other thinkers to challenge the dominant ways people see & understand issues of mass incarceration, detention, & policing in the United States and beyond. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the panels, artist talks, film screenings, & other events will now take place online, emphasizing with ever more urgency the importance of envisioning alternatives to ongoing injustices.