114 Warren St. Hudson NY 12534  518-567-4056   Sat + Sun 11am to 5:30pm & by appointment

Isadora Kosofsky 

Joe Librandi-Cowan

Exhibition Dates: June 24 to July 23, 2017

Reception for Artists & Artist Talk – Saturday, June 24, 5-7pm

Portfolio Showcase  Prison Related Photography
Jason Koxvold and Dana Ullman

See below
Four Thursday Evening Programs at the Gallery
Presentations, Films and Panels
co-sponsored by the gallery and  Prison Public Memory Project /Hudson

Isadora Kosofsky 
Still My Mother, Still My Father – 
Parent Child Visits

See Isadora’s work in: New York Time 360   and New York Review of Books

7 by Isadora Kosofsky

untitled 7 by Isadora Kosofsky

Untitled 21 by Isadora Kosofsky

Joe Librandi-Cowan, The Auburn System

Interviews with Joe Librandi-Cowan:  prisonphotography.org and BBC World Service.

Auburn Prison by Joe Librandi-Cowan

Untitled by Joe Librandi-Cowan

Portfolio Showcase:
Portfolios by Jason Koxvold & Dana Ullman

Jason Koxvold, Knives

Knives 11 by Jason Koxvold

Knives 11 by Jason Koxvold

Dana Ullman, Another Kind of Prison: Women and Reentry

Women and Reentry 5 by Dana Ullman

Women and Reentry 5 from Another Kind of Prison: Women and Reentry by Dana Ullman

About the Artists

Isadora Kosofsky, Still My Mother, Still My Father

Still My Mother, Still My Father 7 by Isadora Kosofsky

For the past six years, Isadora Kosofsky has documented the relationship among youth, families and confinement through multiple long-term projects in the American criminal justice system. Still My Mother, Still My Father documents quarterly bonding meetings between children and their mothers and fathers at twelve men’s and women’s prisons in the state of Florida. These events are facilitated by Children of Inmates, an organization in Florida dedicated to bringing incarcerated families together.**

One question that drives Kosofsy is if and how family trauma is repairable. For many of those incarcerated in the US, parents and children have to express love in a setting that, by its nature, negates human contact. But, in these bonding visits, they are able to feel, smell and caress those closest to them.

More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent, and approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. Nationally, there are more than 120,000 incarcerated mothers and 1.1 million incarcerated fathers who are parents of minor children.

** In New York state prisons, children and parents have been able to meet, touch and bond in a way reflected by Kosofsky’s photographs from Florida. However, county jails have not allowed such intimacy. Here in Hudson, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood (GHPN) with the cooperation of Columbia County Jail have initiated a program for area children of parents incarcerated there to meet in a family-friendly environment. PPMP’s fourth Thursday program, July 20, 6-7:30pm led by Joan Hunt of GHPN will present images and information about this local project.

bio  Isadora Kosofsky is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She takes an immersive approach to photojournalism, working with her subjects for years at a time to document American social issues from a humanistic stance.

Kosofsky’s work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and can be found in Family Photography Now (Thames and Hudson, 2016) and in Public Private Portraiture (Mossless.) Her series, “Vinny and David: Life and Incarceration of a Family,” is on exhibition at Art Works Projects for Human Rights in Chicago from June 8 to August 10, 2017. She will also be an exhibiting photojournalist at the 2017 Visa Pour L’Image Photojournalism Festival in Perpignan, France in September. 

She received the 2012 Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation for her multi-series documentary about romantic relationships of the aged. Her work has received distinctions from Flash Forward Magenta Foundation, Ian Parry Foundation, Social Documentary Network, IAFOR, Women in Photography International, Prix de la Photographie Paris, The New York Photo Festival and a nomination for Reportage Photography of the Year at the 2016 Lead Awards.

Kosofsky’s images have been featured in The London Sunday Times Magazine, Slate, The Washington Post, TIME, Le Monde, VICE, The New Yorker, Mashable, and The Huffington Post, among others.

Joe Librandi-Cowan, The Auburn System

Wall Street, Auburn NY by Joe Librandi-Cowan

Wall Street, Auburn NY by Joe Librandi-Cowan

Joe Librandi-Cowan’s hometown, Auburn, NY, is host to a maximum-security prison. The Auburn System is his ongoing portrait of Auburn and its relationship with its prison.

The prison sits directly in the middle of the city, nestled between busy roads and residential neighborhoods. Its thirty-five-foot high walls become largely ignored. The walls around the perimeter of the prison are a visual and psychological reminder of the two distinctly different worlds inhabiting the same space. The people in his photographs are members of his community – some live across from the prison’s walls and others have worked behind them.

Historically, Auburn prison has played a large role within the workings and systems that structure modern day correctional services and prisons. In the 1820’s, Auburn Prison implemented what became known as The Auburn System – a series of corrections that included lockstep, solitary confinement, and complete silence. The prison was also home to the first execution by electrocution. Many of the practices that began in Auburn have led to what is now called the Prison Industrial Complex.

Librandi’s work explores how a community so deeply ingrained within the prison industry and penal history coexists with its prison. The work also exists to foster a discussion that asks difficult questions regarding prisons, prison towns, incarceration, correctional practices and policing within American society.

bio  Joe Librandi-Cowan is a recent graduate of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, where he studied fine art photography and was the recent recipient of an Imagining America Engagement Fellowship. His artistic practice is heavily community-based, dealing with the deep and complex issues of the prison industrial complex, its role within society, and its impact on his hometown’s community, Auburn NY.

In the past year, Joe has received a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant and has had solo shows of, The Auburn System” at The Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn, NY and The Gallery at SUNY Onondaga in Syracuse, NY. He has also shown widely online, including a feature on the BBC World Update, Lensculture, and an interview with Pete Brook of the Prison Photography Project. He is also the Recipient of a 2017 Light Work grant.

Jason Koxvold, Knives

Knives 1 by Jason Koxvold

Knives 1 by Jason Koxvold 

KNIVES is a project made over several years by Jason Koxvold, using documentary photography to trace the shifting relationships between masculinity, memory, and violence in a rural Hudson Valley town whose economic base remains eviscerated by globalisation.

The cutlery industry formed the economic backbone of New York’s Hudson Valley for over 150 years, when the Schrade knife factory abruptly moved production to China in 2004, leaving 500 men and women out of work. The town’s maximum security prison, Eastern Correctional Facility, became the largest employer in the area, shielded from the wider community by layers of secrecy. As businesses continued to close during the decade that followed, drug abuse, mental disorders, and rare cancers have become more widespread. What remains for the young men of Wawarsing?

KNIVES operates as two intertwined stories: one, a typological study of knives crafted in the region since the rise of the cutlery industry, provides connective tissue to the other, which deals in the realities of the local community, both within the prison and without. The project serves as a microcosm of the larger issues facing the United States, grappling with the effects of automation and outsourcing, cuts in services, and the rise of identity politics.

bio  Jason Koxvold of Ulster County NY works as a fine art photographer typically in large format documentary and constructed stories. His work has been recognised by the Magnum Photo Awards and the World Photo Awards, and been published in places like WIRED, Wallpaper*, Newsweek Japan, Slate, Aint-Bad, The Great Leap Sideways, and Landscape Stories.

Koxvold’s work focuses on economic forces – his first long-term project, Everything and Nothing, examined the way neoliberal policy shaped the global landscape. BLACK – WATER (work in progress) focuses on the cultural reverberations of fifteen years of constant war, photographed on military bases across the Middle East. 

Born in Belgium, Koxvold studied Psychology and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Dana Ullman, Another Kind of Prison: Women and Reentry

Women Reentry 7 by Dana Ullman.  New Way of Life purchases homes in residential neighborhoods, giving a quieter, less institutional environment for families to rebuild relationships that may show signs of wear and tear after experiencing incarceration. After cycling in and out of jail for crimes related to substance abuse, Jean Waldroup, 39, has found “home” at A New Way of Life, a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women that emphasizes keeping mothers and children together. For the last six months she has maintained both her sobriety and role as mother to her son and daughter.

Worldwide, as the number of women in prison rises and incarceration increasingly defines our society and economy, Dana Ullman asks – What is the purpose of imprisonment?Women disproportionately serve time for nonviolent crimes stemming from mental illness, poverty and abuse. The ripple effects of their incarceration reveal a system perpetuating abuse, racism, poverty, recidivism and broken families. The circumstances leading to each woman’s arrest often go unaddressed, yet are imperative in designing policies that serve lives rather than hinder them. 

Another Kind of Prison is a long-term project that humanize statistics through the experiences of formerly incarcerated women, often left out of the conversation, and the barriers they face readjusting to life after incarceration while also illuminating programs started by formerly incarcerated women such as A New Way of Life, California Coalition for Women Prisoners and A.K.A Angels that address gender-specific reentry support in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.

bio  Dana Ullman is a Brooklyn-based freelance photojournalist and writer whose work focuses on hummanizing statistics and social issues through storytelling.

Dana’s stories have been published by the New York Times, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, TIME, CNN, The Atlantic and the Associated Press, among others. She has been a reporting fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation (2016) and the International Center for Journalists (2015), as well as received a Puffin Foundation Grant (2014) for “Another Kind of Prison”, which documents life after prison for women in the USA.

Four Thursday Evening Programs at the Gallery: 6-7:30 pm

  1. JUNE 29, Illustrated Talk: Hudson’s Prison History: 1887 to the Present.
    Peter Tenerowicz, of Hudson, PPMP advisory board, former NY State correctional officer, much of time at Hudson Correctional Facility

  2. JULY 6, Film Yes, In My Backyard, (1999) a documentary by Tracy Huling.
    Q&A after screening with Tracy Huling, Founder/Director of Prison Public Memory Project.

  3. JULY 13, Panel Discussion – Community Justice Advocacy led by Cedrick Fulton, Director of Community Engagement, SBK Social Justice Center, Hudson NY.

  4. JULY 20, Film, Slides and Presentation: Greater Hudson Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents and issues of Reentry Program Leader: Joan E. Hunt, Director, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.

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About the Prison Public Memory Project

The Prison Public Memory Project engages people from all walks of life in conversation, reflection and learning about the complex role of prisons in communities and society. The Project works with individuals and organizations in communities with prisons to recover, preserve, interpret, present, and honor the memories of what took place in those institutions. We use public history, social practice art and new media technologies to integrate community knowledge with more traditional forms of historic preservation. Since 2012, we’ve been working with the community in Hudson, NY, our pilot site, and in 2017 we began work in Pontiac, IL. For more information, visit our website at prisonpublicmemory.org.