Made in the U.S.A: Prison Labor and the Invisible Foundation of Philadelphia
Made in the U.S.A is an interactive exhibit and educational program curated by Joana Arruda and I in partnership with the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. We want to emphasize the everyday objects-like college dorm mattresses, blue jeans, hand soap, and furniture made by incarcerated people in Philadelphia and across the state of Pennsylvania. We will display these everyday objects in the exhibit space in the Church of the Advocate. In conjunction with the Church's after school program, we are going to display writing and art created by students about their experiences with incarceration and incarcerated labor.
We also hope to conduct an oral history project with formerly incarcerated North Philadelphia community members surrounding the idea of prisoner labor. We have chosen the Church of the Advocate because of their strong commitment to social justice and their long history of activism in the North Philadelphia community.
Check back for more updates on our project.