Sara Bennett: Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project

Northwest Portland
Feb. 6–Mar. 1, 2020
Days vary, 12:00pm–5:00pm

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

The twenty-one women photographed by Sara Bennett in The Bedroom Project were all convicted of serious crimes— mostly homicide—and spent fourteen to thirty-seven years in a maximum-security prison. By the time they came up for parole they were all profoundly changed, yet most of them were repeatedly denied release because of the crimes they had committed decades earlier.

Bennett writes, “these women were open and trusting enough to allow me into their most private spaces—their bedrooms—and to share the comments that accompany the photos. Like me, they hope this work will shed light on the pointlessness of extremely long sentences and arbitrary parole denials, and thus help their friends still in prison: women (and men) like them who deserve a chance at freedom.”

The Bedroom Project is the second in the Life After Life in Prison series. It has been featured at The FENCE 2018, Photoville 2018, the 10th International Organ Vida Photography Festival, the 2018 Indian Photography Festival, and PDN’s Photo of the Day, among others. This project was also a Top 50 finalist in the 2018 Critical Mass competition.

Upcoming Dates & Times

Feb. 29
Mar. 1