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This is an interview with Joseph Del Pesco (curator of Artists Space) and artist and social activist Jackie Sumell who is show casing her amazing project called The House That Herman Built this October at Artists Space in the A&D (Architecture and Design) Project Space.
Sumell’s piece is a truly socially engaging and multilayered masterpiece. She has been corresponding with a falsely convicted inmate in Angola Prison in Louisiana named Herman Wallace. Wallace has been in solitary confinement for over 30 years. In one of her letters to Wallace, Sumell asked him, “What kind of house does a man who has lived in a 6’x9’ box for over thirty years dream of?” and this project was born.
Recorded inside a recreation of a Louisiana state prison maximum security solitary confinement cell at Artists Space, come and listen to this interview of Sumell and Del Pesco as they describe this powerful and truly meaningful project.
(This interview was done in collaboration with Art Radio WPS1
(PS1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate)
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