Rickie Solinger, Kicks Off “Interrupted Life” Exhibit
January 28, 2008
The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center’s new exhibit launched Thurs. Jan. 24 to record attendance. The standing- room only crowd was gathered to celebrate the opening of “Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States” with the guest speaker and exhibit’s curator, Rickie Solinger, a historian, and prize-winning author.
Solinger’s exhibit, Interrupted Life, explores the issues related to motherhood, incarceration, reproductive and welfare policy, and politics in the United States. Her talk, “Making Incarceration Visible: Art, Exhibition, Social Justice, and Mothers in U.S. Prisons” touched upon what it is like being a legitimate mother in this country, how this issue intersects with incarceration, and the high cost of incarcerating women in the criminal justice system.
Upon observing the exhibit, which contained art from incarcerated mothers, their children, and professional artists, one found blended sentiments of pain and adages of hope. The artwork ranged from collages to cartoon-like pieces and emphasized communication between the incarcerated and free world. Some pieces suggested defeat, and others held a formidable measure of faith. One piece contained the words “lost but not alone.” Solinger, in her continuing efforts to raise awareness of incarceration problems, aims to let those words ring true.
Solinger’s talk was the kick-off for the Incarceration Epidemic series, happening this month at the college. The series includes eight installations of guest speakers, panel discussions, and presentations discussing incarceration, imprisonment, punishment, mercy, and public policy. The exhibit will be on display until February 21. For more information on the exhibit and related programming, please visit www.anselm.edu/interruptedlife.
In the podcast below, we feature selected clips of the reception’s speakers: Dr. Elaine Rizzo of the criminal justice department and Rickie Solinger.