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Exhibit open from October 5 – November 22, 2019
Opening Reception October 5, 7-10 PM
Gallery Aferro 73 Market St Newark NJ
Artist and private investigator Maureen Kelleher has curated an ongoing collaboration between individuals incarcerated at Louisiana State Penitentiary and elsewhere, alongside free civilians, which utilizes more than 50 handmade quilts of impressively varying scale, evocative musical accompaniment, and experiential narratives from inside Angola, to connect two worlds.
Kelleher’s skills have been instrumental in helping exonerate 3 men off Louisiana’s death row, in addition to assisting the renowned justice reform organization, The Innocence Project, on a non-DNA case to aid in the release of an innocent man with a life sentence. She has crafted a showcase that includes music from artists such as Irma Thomas, Delfeayo Marsalis, Cat Power, and the Venerable Robina Courtin, with endorsements from Harriet Tubman scholar Dr. Kate Clifford-Larson and others.
The original fabric art created by the hands of inspiring artists, including members of the Louisiana State Penitentiary Hospice Program; Dr. Mutulu Shakur, the godfather of Tupac Shakur; and Ramsey Orta, the man who recorded the death of Eric Garner, will grace Newark-based, artist-run Gallery Aferro’s main space, creating an immersive environment for affirming our collective humanity.