CIRCUMNAVIGATE RIKERS

IN COLLABORATION WITH ESTABLISHED ORGANIZATIONS, we EMPLOY UNCONVENTIONAL SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS TO CHALLENGE THE SYSTEMIC scandal FUELING MASS INCARCERATION.

Attempted Circumnavigation of Rikers Island

Rikers Island can be seen as a symbol for the prison industrial complex in that the entire island has been constructed and expanded over the years strictly to incarcerate people.

By engaging the periphery of this panoptical island via canoe, we were attempting to metaphorically envelope the criminal (in)justice system by drawing an aesthetic ‘line of flight’ around the island itself. The circumnavigation was therefore an attempt to allegorically lay siege to the complex.

However, while navigating the waters, we were picked up by the NYPD Harbor Patrol, interrogated by an FBI led Terrorist Task Force, and ultimately given a notice of violation for breaching the LaGuardia Security Zone in Flushing Bay.

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 shut Rikers Island down – 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.

Polaroids

Allegorical interventions that revolve around a narrative of post-criminality negotiate the relationship between art and criminality.

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SHUT RIKERS DOWN. SHUT RIKERS DOWN.