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04.02.14 Marina Galperina

Here are some Polish prisoner tattoos. They were cut with razor blades, glass shards and sharpened paperclips. Then inked with burned rubber, charcoal and other shit. Then, after the convicts’ deaths, they were “extracted” from the corpses, stuck into jars of formaldehyde and stacked at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Then, photographed by Polish artist Katarzyna Mirczak. Then, loftily hypothesized […]

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02.17.14 Marina Galperina

Wang Bing’s doc ‘Til Madness Do Us Part will be screening at MoMA this Wednesday, as part of  Documentary Fortnight 2014, the museum’s international festival of nonfiction film and media. Gleaned from 300 hours of footage, the film provides an unyielding, four-hour long look inside a mental institution in the Yunnan Province of China. Like the clip above, the […]

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01.06.14 Andy Cush

Solitary confinement is hell. (Seriously.) So it’s good news that the New York City Department of Corrections will no longer stick inmates with mental illnesses in “the bing” when they break the rules. In a program that takes effect this year, inmates with conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will instead be placed in Clinical Alternative […]

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12.26.13 Marina Galperina

Pussy Riot’s punishment was Putin’s warning — to them, and to Russia’s entire new-found protest culture. Pussy Riot have always been radical in their art practice, but prison made Pussy Riot stronger, more politically precise and completely fearless. This is the face of resistance — in the spotlight — balaklava not required. Against her will, Pussy Riot’s […]

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10.17.13 Kyle Petreycik

Well known Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is currently in talks with officials to create an art exhibition at Alcatraz, the former high-security prison island just off the San Francisco Bay. This isn’t too surprising seeing as the artist has previously released a heavy metal music video and exhibited several dioramas depicting his living situation […]

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09.27.13 Marina Galperina

Art’s not dead, but it has left Gagosian. We tried but we can’t keep ignoring the “performance art” piece that Madonna bestowed on the upper crust of celebrity this week. The Gagosian Gallery — misreported as the MoMA — hosted the racial/social/artistic fiasco for the premiere of Madonna’s film project that I refuse to hashtag. Madonna, singing […]

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09.20.13 Andy Cush

Data analyzed by WNYC shows people accused of a felony in New York City are held in jail an average of 95 days before trial. It’s only natural that some of those accused will end up acquitted or with their cases dismissed–there were 15,000 such cases in 2010–meaning it’s possible for a person to sit in […]

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08.23.13 Andy Cush

A new study reveals the City of New York pays a mind-bogglingly large $167,731 on each of its inmates each year that they’re imprisoned. For context, a 2010 study put the average annual cost per prisoner across 40 states at $31,286. Last year, there were 12,287 people imprisoned in NYC, bringing the total cost up to […]

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08.12.13 Marina Galperina

Photographer Max Avdeev took these shots in the  maximum-security Russian penal colony K-28 in northern Arkhangelsk, near the Arctic Circle where the outdoor temperature is a crisp -31ºF. The prison’s got history, harking back to the gulags of the ’30s. These are beautiful, beautiful photos. It’s almost distracting. The shitty photos of the prison colony where Pussy Riot activists […]

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04.05.13 Kyle Petreycik

Hacker and internet activist “Weev” was sentenced to 41 monthes in prison recently for his part in exposing a security flaw in AT&T’s network and collecting email addresses and information from an estimated 100,000 iPad users, but he has not been silenced . Weev has been tweeting from prison via TRULINCS, a new government program which provides inmates with some limited computer access, […]

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