life after life

I am having a difficult time continuing to post relevant news items, mostly as I do not have the time and have been worrying about friends who are struggling and need me now. It is hard to constantly feel like people are disappearing, and not knowing if they have commited suicide, died or been thrown back into prison. One friend, who is serving life on parole (and has been out of prison for 7 years) was recently thrown back in (over Christmas) for being depressed and not “getting better” fast enough in therapy. Now she has the threat of being returned to prison to serve the rest of her sentence (not on parole) if she doesn’t “recover” in 3 months. She is one of the kindest, most generous, funny people I know, but struggles immensely with life outside and her own sense of self-worth.

I haven’t heard from her in days and worry as to what has happened now.

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About workequalsworthequalsinnocence

Working with animation, video, painting, drawing, installation and intervention, my interdisciplinary practice examines the complex position of culture within neoliberal capitalism and critiques modes of social control, while exploring the potential for art to function as a site of resistance. I am specifically interested in how modes of violence are perpetuated collectively through popular narratives, concepts of justice and denial of accountability. Frequently engaging with communities and collectives, my practice eschews individual authorship in favour of collaboration. This has included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are in conflict with the law, through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at numerous centres that support marginalized people. In 2008, I completed an MFA through the Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program at the Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). My work has been shown nationally and internationally in festivals, screenings, artist run centres and museums. I am currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University. http://jessicamaccormackrmack.tumblr.com/
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