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Prisons: Slave Ships on Dry Land

Andalusia Knoll

Image by Andalusia Knoll.

Created for the Critical Resistance ten year anniversary conference in Oakland, California, which took place in 2008. Critical Resistance Ten was a gathering of activists, educators, and allies of prisoners who came together to promote organizing efforts against the US prison system.

Just seeds organized an art portfolio in collaboration with Critical Resistance Ten called Voices From Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex. The portfolio project involved twenty artists and one artist collective, with work coming from the US, Canada and Mexico. Each  print critiqued or addressed alternatives to the prison-industrial complex.


In brown and light blue, a floor plan of a prison is featured, showing seven hangar shapes that radiate out from a center point, all housed in a square fenced-in area. Below, a similar “floor plan” of a slave ship shows multitudes of stolen and enslaved people laid out in excruciatingly small quarters. The ship is repeated inside the shapes of the prison. In large typeface, it states, “Prisons, slave ships on dry land.”

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