OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

(Love is) a bustling highway: Mutual aid across prison walls (2022)

By Chalay Chalermkraivuth

The isolation that prison imposes on people in captivity is formidable—but through letters, phone calls, collaboration, and deep commitment, relationships endure. In this collection of stories, formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones (including abolitionist organizers) talk about love that cuts through state violence and makes life inside more survivable. Care work and mutual aid are central to everyday abolitionist feminist practice—this project both details their expansiveness and probes their limits.

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NOTE: This exhibit opens Thursday, April 28th.

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Then be sure to check out the upcoming LIVE EVENT with the curator

Thursday, April 28, 5:30 PM
What Do Stories Do? Abolition in Oral History

Abolitionist language and ideas have been absorbed into the mainstream consciousness like never before, thanks in large part to the uprisings for Black lives catalyzed by police murder and political education efforts by Black organizers. Ted Cruz menacingly waved a copy of “The End of Policing” on national television, and “defund the police” is lately more often audible as a lobbying slogan than a protest chant. Accompanying abolition’s ascent into visibility (and transformation into political specter) is the erasure of the practical care work and organizing that sustains abolitionist efforts, begging the question: how do we ensure that increased awareness connects to increased action? RSVP here!

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