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The Hour of Sunlight

Image by Erik Ruin.

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.

On the left, a triangular-shaped shaft of light comes through a high, barred window. A man sits curled up below, looking up toward the window. The drawing is rendered in heavy black line work. Bricks in blue, black, and white provide the background. To the right, text in a vertical orientation states: “The hour of sunlight in prison — Mahmoud Darwish.”

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