Grand Lobby, Second Floor

Please join us for a walk-through of the exhibition in the Grand Lobby at Central, on April 23rd at 6:30pm. The opening reception for Photo Requests from Solitary follows the April 23rd screening event of Raised in the System.  Registration is required for the screening event, not for the walk-through and reception.

The screening of Raised in the System is preceded by a brief presentation by Jean Casella, an organizer of the Photo Requests from Solitary exhibition, and Johnny Perez, survivor of solitary confinement and Director of the U.S. Prisons Program at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Brooklyn Public Library is pleased to present Photo Requests from Solitary (PRFS), a collaborative project that invites individuals in solitary confinement to request an image of anything at all, real or imagined, and finds artists and volunteers to create them. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the interests, memories, and dreams of people living in extreme isolation.

BPL hosts the first New York exhibition featuring photos and requests from all five states where PRFS has worked. This site-specific installation of requests and photographs created from them will be located in the Grand Lobby and the second floor balcony. Viewers are welcome to fulfill open requests, and will also have the opportunity to learn about the campaign to end long-term solitary confinement in New York’s prisons and jails. Free and open to the public during library hours. 

A preview to the exhibition can be seen in the Dweck Auditorium Lobby on March 27th in concert with the event hosting Albert Woodfox on Solitary, in Conversation with Jelani Cobb.

To learn more about the project and view requests, click here.

To participate, please browse the requests, make a photo (drawings are OK, too!) and upload it to the site. (See the FAQ on the Information page for full instructions.) We will send a print of your image to the person who requested it.

To read the press release, click here.


Photo Requests from Solitary is a project of Solitary Watch, with support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.  

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