Making Choices. Creating the Future.
See Her by Ann Lewis bears witness to the hopes, doubts, and humanity of incarcerated women and reflects on how choices we all make have the power to support their future success.
about the piece
Commissioned by Now + There and conceived by artist activist Ann Lewis, this temporary mural at 808 Tremont Street in Boston was designed in collaboration with a local residential reentry facility for incarcerated women run by Community Resources for Justice. Creating this piece has illuminated the specific realities, desires and decisions facing women transitioning out of prison. The mural, which boldly features photographic elements and paint, is a reflection on the inherent worth, strength, and potential of these women and all women.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Ann Lewis’ practice takes the form of street murals, community organizing, curatorial projects, and site-specific installations. Her work is about motivating social change within communities and championing those who are disempowered. In early 2014, while based in New York City, Lewis garnered national media attention when she installed an oversized police tape banner that read ‘GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS’ at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York. In the fall of 2015, she was asked by the Obama administration to exhibit her work at the White House to discuss equality and mass incarceration.
When women re-enter society after incarceration they must rely heavily on their creativity to overcome the legal barriers to employment, housing, and even reuniting with their families. They must also navigate judgement and the social stigmas placed on them by the community. With my work See Her I am asking the viewers to look past their presumptions and see the human, the woman looking back at them. We cannot face the challenge of mass incarceration without first recognizing the value of those entrenched in our criminal justice system. — ANN LEWIS
The mural, located at 808 Tremont St. in Boston is temporary and is set to last 16 - 18 months with normal weathering. The artist used a combination of spray paint, printed paper, and photographs to achieve a multi-layered, multi-dimensional work that will draw in viewers close up and from a distance.
Through her process of collaborative workshops, studio concepting, and artistic implementation the artist was exploring what lies ahead for the incarcerated women she worked with and questioning what choices can be made, by the women and by us all, to support their ability to grow into thriving members of our communities.
SEE HER IN THE NEWS
WCVB Cityline "See Her & New Beginnings," original air date October 22
WBUR Morning Edition "'Just Give Us A Chance': South End Mural Aims To Evoke Empathy For Incarcerated Women," July 19
WBUR Artery "How The Problem Of Mass Incarceration Inspired A New South End Mural," July 19
Big Red & Shiny "Activist Artist: An Interview with Ann Lewis," July 18
The Boston Sun "Ann Lewis Puts Finishing Touches on Mural in South End," July 14
The Bay State Banner "Brushstrokes behind bars: Muralist works with and for incarcerated women" July 13
The Boston Globe, "A South End mural makes a big impact," July 5
Artnet News, "A New Boston Mural Highlights the Voices of Incarcerated Women," July 5
The Boston Sun, "SELC Approves Temporary Mural," June 16