In 2018, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University met with 30 formerly incarcerated women in the New Orleans area and connected them with 30 mainly local artists. The result was “Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana,” a groundbreaking exhibition that opened January 2019 and is currently on view at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York City: fordfoundation.org/about/the-ford-foundation-center-for-social-justice/ford-foundation-gallery. Additional information can be found at persister.info/ ;.
About this specific video:
In this “Per(Sister)” interview, exhibition co-creator Syrita Steib reflects on the show’s four major themes: 1) the root causes of female incarceration 2) the impact of incarcerating mothers 3) the physical and behavioral health toll of incarceration and 4) the challenges and opportunities to reentry. As the Executive Director of Operation Restoration, a non-profit organization based in New Orleans that supports women and girls impacted by incarceration, Syrita also shares her perspective on the community this exhibition represents.