You Don’t Remember the Time You Do: Moments in the Lives of Prisoners

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | April 17, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 6pm | Laurie Jo Reynolds in person!

Robert Todd, In Loving Memory (2005). Image courtesy of the artist.
Robert Todd, In Loving Memory (2005). Image courtesy of the artist.

Prison has long been a popular setting for motion pictures, from the oft-remade Man in the Iron Mask to recent Oscar-nominated hits Dead Man Walking and The Shawshank Redemption. Rarer is the film that examines the prison system’s complicated impact on individuals, families, and communities. Artists Laurie Jo Reynolds and Robert Todd take on this challenge in a pair of lyrical essays on the experiences of incarcerated men and women. Weaving together pop cultural imagery and prison phone conversations, Reynolds’ collage-like Space Ghost (2007) explores confinement and isolation in the lives of astronauts and the imprisoned. Todd’s In Loving Memory (2005) juxtaposes the reflections of prisoners on their lives with haunting landscape shots of prisons around the country, in a moving meditation on memory and a compelling critique of the death penalty. Presented as part of a series of events organized by the Tamms Poetry Committee marking the ten-year anniversary of the Tamms Supermax prison in Tamms, Illinois. 2005–07, various directors, USA, ca. 90 min, various formats.


AREA Dialogue: Art on the Outside: Chicago Artists and Prisons (with Laurie Jo Reynolds)

Tamms Year Ten


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