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As We Wait #2



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This print was inspired by visiting my cousin (who is like a brother to me) at Cook County Jail and Dixon Prison in Dixon, Illinios. This is one of two prints I made about visiting him. This one focuses on what becomes normal routine when you are locked up and when you are a visitor.

The text reads, “My cousin was locked up in maximum security for a non-violent offense. Seeing stabbings, murders, and becoming a stronger fighter was his reform. When visiting I wait with wives in makeup, high heels, and tissues, mothers with their church outfits, children crawling across the visitor waiting room. It all seems so routine.”

You can see the first print in this series here. This print is a part of the Justseeds prison portfolio project Voices From Outside, which was being used to raise funds for prisoners rights and prison abolition groups.


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