To all my sisters inside,
Wall painting, audio piece (7:41, looped), copies of Sinister Wisdom journals A-Z Presents Berlin w/ L.i.P Collective July - September 2020
My work with Liberation in Print (L.i.P) collective explored lesbian arts and literary journal Sinister Wisdom and how it navigates the US prison-industrial complex to reach womxn loving womxn in prison.
Since the early 80s, the journal has given free subscriptions to incarcerated LGBTQ womxn. Today, that accounts for 15% of every issue printed. These first facts point to larger questions: What are the politics of the journal’s distribution? And how, still today, does Sinister Wisdom encounter, and attempt to bypass, the US prison-industrial complex, into the hands (and minds) of women loving women in prison?
The piece explores these questions through stories told to me by current editor of Sinister Wisdom Julie Enszer and an imagined scene taking inspiration from a drawing published in Issue 61 of Sinister Wisdom titled ‘Cell for 3’. The drawing, by former political prisoner Laura Whitehorn, became the basis for the installation exhibited at A-Z presents in Berlin.