“Juvenile-in-Justice” comes to Kennesaw State
Exhibition features photographs of incarcerated youth in America
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D.P., age 16, in King County Juvenile Detention Center
Photo by Richard Ross
KENNESAW, Ga. (October 8, 2012) According to the American Correctional Association, about 90,000 young people are in detention or correctional facilities every day in the United States. Photographs of many of these individuals are featured as part of Richard Ross’s exhibition “Juvenile-In-Justice.” In preparation for the project, Ross spent five years interviewing and photographing juveniles charged with various crimes who were held in detention and treatment centers. Approximately 60 of these photographs will be on display in The Art Gallery in Sturgis Library from October 9 through November 1.
The photographs are also compiled in Ross's book “Juvenile-in-Justice,” currently on sale at the KSU Bookstore, and a group of the images were published in Harper's Magazine and awarded the prestigious 2012 National Magazine Award for News and Documentary Photography. The riveting images were documented during visits Ross made with more than 1,000 youth confined in more than 200 juvenile detention institutions in 31 states.
The Center for Sustainable Journalism, which publishes Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), an online news site, and the KSU student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are presenting the exhibition with funding from SABAC, the Harnisch Foundation and in partnership with the Zuckerman Museum of Art. “The incarceration of our youth is the civil rights issue of our time," John Fleming, editor of JJIE, explains. “The enormity of the psychological trauma that comes with locking young people into prisons is visible in the photos.”
Fleming describes what he believes to be one of the most disturbing photos: “There is a group of about 30 kids with their backs to the camera. They are in a sterile, depressing looking room. They are all wearing the same orange jumpsuits. Their heads are hung down. They all look hopeless.” Fleming says Ross’s exhibit vividly portrays the lack of value that we, as a nation, place on our children. “The United States has more children incarcerated than any other place in the industrialized world.”
“Juvenile-in-Justice” was organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, where it had the exclusive sponsorship of the Wilhelm Hoppe Family Trust. The exhibition is also a featured event of the citywide Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival.
The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
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