Atkinson Gallery: Isolated by Richard Ross

Posted on Sep 23 by SEASONS Magazine

Richard Ross, E.V., age 17, Archival Inkjet Print, 2015

Richard Ross, E.V., age 17, Archival Inkjet Print, 2015

Isolated: an exhibition about solitary confinement, by UCSB art professor Richard Ross, will be on display at the Atkinson Gallery from Sept. 25–Dec. 4. The exhibit is part of Ross’ larger body of work, Juvenile in Justice, which advocates to reform the juvenile justice system in the United States. Isolated critiques the pervasive use of solitary confinement with a combination of documentary photographs, audio clips from interviews with incarcerated youth, and a facsimile of an isolation cell.

Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara. His most recent work, the In Justice series, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Two books and traveling exhibitions of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Fri., Sept. 25 from 4–6 p.m.

Documentary Photography as Social Change Agent, a lecture by Hannah Frieser, will take place on Wed., Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Frieser is the co-founder of Converging Perspectives, was the director of Light Work for nine years, and served in various positions for the Society of Photographic Education for more than a decade. She regularly curates exhibitions with leading contemporary photographers, such as Suzanne Opton and Adam Magyar. Her essays on photography have been published internationally.

Alternatives to Isolation, a panel discussion coordinated by Freedom4Youth, will be held on Fri., Nov. 13 at 4 p.m.

The Atkinson Gallery is located in the newly renovated Humanities Building, Room 202 on the E. Campus of Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr.

–Michelle Jarrard

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