Reentry After Incarceration
a collaboration between photographer Errol Daniels and writer Katherine Russell
Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC
June 15 - July 15, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 PM
COMING HOME: Reentry After Incarceration is a collaborative photo-essay documentary exhibit, featuring the photographs of Errol Daniels and writings of Katherine Russell. This unique exhibition seeks to humanize the criminal justice statistics and to portray the challenges of post-incarceration life through the written word and photographs, ultimately recalibrating what the public sees in those who are returning from prison.
By personalizing the stories of the individuals as they re-enter society after time spent in jail or prison, Daniels and Russell hope to encourage others to remove barriers that lead to recidivism and to shift the tone toward restorative, rehabilitative approaches. COMING HOME seeks to shift the public perception of those who are returning from prison by peeling away the labels unforgivingly affixed to former offenders, and shares human images that defy these stereotypes. In many respects, ordinary onlookers may see themselves in this group of former offenders, but the subjects’ stories of overcoming their past are extraordinary.
Daniels and Russell followed each of their twenty-three subjects to document their return to their communities in western New York, Washington, D.C., and New York City from November 2016 – February 2018. The essays that accompany the images contain a range of reflections on reuniting with family, making changes inside and outside of prison, finding and retaining work, coping with traumas from childhood and imprisonment, addressing the effects of institutionalization, and shedding the stigma of being an “ex-prisoner.”
COMING HOME: Re-Entry After Incarceration | more info
Photography found Daniels in the 1960’s while working in the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago. In the 1990’s, he studied with documentary photographers Amy Arbus and John Goodman to further develop my craft and style of social documentation. The subjects Errol photographs are complex, as he often covers individuals who are challenged by physical, social, mental, or political disadvantages. Through his photography, he reveals the dignity, humanity, complexity, and courage of people who many don’t think about in their daily lives.
Daniels' photography offers a glimpse into the trials of humanity and the beauty that flows out of perseverance. He wants to pull his audience into the lives of the people he photographs – not just to learn about their distinctive experiences, but to also see the human similarities that transcend imagined boundaries. In Cuba, Errol has photographed the Havana Santeria Community, the Cuban-Jewish Community, and an inspirational young woman with Spina Bifida. He has documented stories of war in Uganda, Burma’s struggle for democracy, and the orthotic treatment for disabled individuals in Coyotitan, Mexico.
Errol's exhibits have been hosted by galleries from Buffalo, NY to New York City; Spartanburg, SC; Colorado Springs, CO; and Washington DC. His photos can also be found in the collection of the George Eastman House in Rochester NY, The Spartanburg County Museum of Art in South Carolina,The Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY, as well as in private collections. | more info
Katherine Russell is a writer and activist from Buffalo, NY. She earned her Master of Criminal Justice from Boston University and a B.A. in Creative Writing from SUNY Geneseo. In the past, she has worked with local nonprofits on various projects and freelances for companies all around the world. She is a double lung transplant survivor and writes about her experiences with cystic fibrosis. Her other writing themes include cultural interaction, challenging the American criminal justice system, and social change. Her debut novel, Without Shame, is now available from FB Publishing House. | more info
Reception and Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 14 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
with KIRK IRWIN, Friday Arts Project and JOANN BLACKWELL, Alston Wilkes Society
During the reception, Kirk Irwin, Executive Director of the Friday Arts Project and Arts Council of York County Board Member, will host a discussion with JoAnn Blackwell, Alston-Wilkes Society Community Service Coordinator – Rock Hill, SC.
During the reception and throughout the exhibit, the Arts Council of York County will be collecting items to donate to the Alston Wilkes Society.
Please consider dropping off an item from their wish list:
men’s underwear (all sizes)
ALSTON WILKES SOCIETY
The Alston Wilkes Society (AWS) is a multistate nonprofit organization that provides those most at risk with hope for a brighter future. AWS gives hope and rebuilds lives through rehabilitative and prevention services.
The agency was founded in 1962 as a nonprofit organization led by a group of dedicated volunteers working under the direction of the Reverend Eli Alston Wilkes, Jr. Rev. Wilkes was a Methodist minister who labored as a tireless and devoted worker in helping those less fortunate. Today, the Alston Wilkes Society is providing direct services in North and South Carolina to not only offenders, but also the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans, and families in crisis. | more info
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