Framed Jess X Snow - Unbroken By Bars - Delaisia

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Framed Jess X Snow - Unbroken By Bars - Delaisia

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(Our Love Is) Unbroken by Bars is an ongoing art and storytelling project curated by Katie Fuller with prints and a mural by Jess X Snow. This iteration will be held In collaboration with A.I.R. gallery. Unbroken by Bars addresses the systemic neglect of women, who are the fastest growing prison population. Many women are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses related to drugs or self-defense and have been victims of relational abuse or race-related violence and poverty. Incarceration affects female migrants of color and Black-Americans at the highest rate, and 80% of incarcerated women are mothers.

This narrative of violence is told through the stories of three formerly incarcerated women, who found the power within themselves to change the direction of their lives in spite of the adversity they faced. During a series of intimate interviews in 2016, Snow and Fuller learned in great detail about the prison system’s failure to work with domestic and sexual abuse survivors, and those struggling with addiction. This very system failed them during the birth of their children, forced them to fight for their love and trust as they grew, then failed in their transition out. Each woman beat the likelihood of recidivism, received job training and pursued college and professional degrees.

Artist Jess X Snow and curator Katie Fuller interviewed Carole, Stephanie, and Delaisia over a period of about seven months. They met their children, and Jess captured the mother/child relationships in a series of photographs she then used to illustrate portraits. Sales of the first three portraits will go towards the mothers.