Shout out to my little brother @jr_made_em_look.64 for holding it down in the pen and creating some phenomenal artwork. You will be home before you know it. Excuse the quality, Jpay is not the best with images. #prisonart
I got myself a little present from a very unique shop. Each bag is hand tattooed art by prisoners in Mexico as a form of earning and rehabilitation. The non profit is called Prison Art. I have been following them for about a year. Somehow it was half the price of online options. #prisonart
Kenneth Reams, the founder of Who Decides, Inc., is an artist, poet, speaker, and writer. Kenneth, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was born in 1974. At the age of 18, Kenneth made the fateful decision to help his friend rob a local ATM; in the middle of the attempted robbery, Kenneth’s friend shot and killed the man being robbed. The murder was not premeditated and Kenneth did not hold nor shoot the gun during the robbery; however, Kenneth was sentenced to death as an accomplice in the botched robbery, despite the fact that the actual shooter received a sentence of life without parole. Kenneth has spent the following years in solitary confinement on death row.
Reams’ story is both sobering and inspiring, revealing flaws in the American criminal justice system while demonstration the power of the human spirit to persevere and flourish, despite the grimmest of circumstances. Kenneth has found purpose in his adversity, producing an impressive body of work including paintings, sculptures, poems, and drawings. Against the odds, his work has been on exhibit throughout the US and Europe. "My art explores the disturbing history of the death penalty in America, forcing its viewers to evaluate their own conceptions of justice and morality. I work through my art to create an impact on people across this country and others, from the confines of a six-foot by nine-foot cell in Arkansas." Captured // photo credit by Jenn Terrel // visitors at our First Thursday reception #kennethreams#deathpenalty#lethalinjection#arkansas#art#solitaryconfinement @festival_fifdh @freemenmovie #freemenmovie#freekennethreams#prisonart