During the summer of 2008, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative completed a portfolio project in association with the Critical Resistance ten year anniversary conference in Oakland, California. Critical Resistance Ten was a gathering of activists, educators, and allies of prisoners who came together to promote organizing efforts against the excesses of the US prison system.
The “Voices From Outside” portfolio project involved twenty artists and one artist collective from the US, Canada and Mexico. Each one created an original print that either critiqued or addressed alternatives to the prison-industrial complex. Each artist pulled 100 prints and mailed them to Justseeds headquarters in Portland, OR, where the portfolio was assembled and then distributed. Each portfolio included the 21 prints plus a CD with copyright-free high resolution image files of the prints. The portfolios have been used in a number of ways. Exhibitions, presentations, and discussions have been organized in numerous cities to bring more attention to the prison reform and abolition movements, graphics have found their way onto flyers and periodicals, and some organizations have auctioned their portfolio off as a way of raising funds.
Amor Y Resistencia, Santiago Armengod, Jesus Barraza, Brandon Bauer, Kevin Caplicki, Melanie Cervantes, Etta Cetera, Lydia Crumbley, Alec Icky Dunn, Andalusia Knoll, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, Colin Matthes, Claude Moller, Jesse Purcell, Favianna Rodriguez, Erik Ruin, Meredith Stern, Mary Tremonte, Pete Yahnke, & Bec Young