Behind Bars

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Behind Bars

685 Venice Bl
Venice , CA 90291
February 16th, 2013 - April 21st, 2013

santa monica/venice
Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 5pm During Exhibitions


Behind Bars is showcasing Los de Abajo's new suite of prints denouncing the critical state of the prison system in the U.S. The impact such a punitive system has on the psyche of this nation is alarming and is having a nefarious effect on the quality of life of its people. Los de Abajo'swork addresses the way society at large has become imprisoned by the ruthless capitalist machine that surveys and controls every move and every urge of its consumers. What does it mean to lose your freedom? What does the way the prison complex works say about the kind of society we live in? Behind Bars was curated by Argentinian art historian and CSPG Board member, Laura Pomerantz.

Behind Bars will be open Tues-Sat, 11am to 5pm through April 21, 2013 and is free to the public. visit

Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. CR believes that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, their work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness.

Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex, from the archives of CSPG, features powerful posters from artists, activists, and organizations around the country and the world. They cry out against the devastating impact of the mass incarceration and the growing prison industrial complex (PIC). The posters in Prison Nation cover many of the critical issues surrounding the system of mass incarceration including: the death penalty, the Three Strikes law, racism, access to education and health care, the growing rate of incarceration, slave labor, divestment, privatization, torture, and re-entry into the community. They show the power of art to educate and inspire.