THE CAGE PROJECT

THE CAGE PROJECT

In collaboration with established organizations, the Cage Project employs unconventional social interventions to challenge the systemic ignorance fueling mass incarceration.

Press Release:

Prison abolitionist stages post-criminal satire by caging himself outside the Manhattan Detention Complex on Sunday, October 25th, the day the first penitentiary was established in the United States.

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I will be handcuffed and sealed into a freestanding steel cage, and placed by a team in the middle of the intersection of Center and White St. at 12noon, unable to get out. I am staging this disruption because the scandal of mass criminalization, incarceration, and neglect in America is horrific, inhumane, and an issue of grave urgency.

Not only do we need to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 – We should abolish prison as the dominant mode of punishment and move toward a non-retributive, reconciliatory, restorative justice to address the issues prisons attempt to address but cannot.

By displacing the caged person from behind the walls to the middle of the street, and rendering what is too often invisible visible, I hope to add some emotional depth to the public discussion on prison reform, mental health, and race in America.

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Press:

The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/confronting-americas-shameful-mass-incarceration-with-performance-art

Gothamist: http://gothamist.com/2015/10/25/photos_artist_locks_himself_in_cage.php

Artnet: https://news.artnet.com/people/lech-szporer-arrested-cage-protest-351551

Creators Protect: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/artist-caged-himself-to-fight-for-prison-reform

The Voice Project: http://voiceproject.org/post_news/anatomy-effective-art-action-lech-szporers-cage-project/

Saint Heron: http://saintheron.com/news/activist-held-unique-protest-prison-system/

Calcalist (Israel): http://www.calcalist.co.il/consumer/articles/0,7340,L-3673740,00.html

Humanities Action Lab: http://humanitiesactionlab.org/incarceration-present-and-past-2015-and-1829/

Creapills (France): http://creapills.com/les-idees/1-cet-artiste-s-enferme-cage-denoncer-systeme-judiciaire-americain-30102015

El Molino Online (Columbia): http://elmolinoonline.com/artista-se-enjaula-en-manhattan-en-pro-de-la-reforma-al-sistema-de-justicia-criminal-lech-szporer/

Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/248866/art-movements-123/