Doing Art as if Your Life Depends on It

April 27-September 9, 2010

Self-Portraits by Incarcerated

Men and Women in the San Francisco City Jail

A collaboration with the 5 Keys Charter School
and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

Sometimes self-portraits help us to discover something new about ourselves. Artist Pilar Olabarria asked students in the San Francisco Jail to make three self-portraits, they made: A portrait of themself during their incarceration, a portrait of who they are in their heart and a self-portrait that describes dreams for the future.

Resources on Art and Incarceration in the CCSF Library:
The Art of Gaman : Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

Between Two Cultures : Kiowa Art from Fort Marion

Cellblock Visions : Prison Art in America

To Paint Her Life : Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era

More Library Resources on Art and Incarceration:
Art and Incarceration Bibliography

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