These works were made by artists in Division II of the Cook County Jail. They were created in a program called Just Art.
Taking shape as various weekly workshops for people incarcerated at the Cook County Jail, Just Art is essentially a social sculpture: a time-based, collaborative work of art, in which a group of people is collectively remaking from the inside out the largest single site pre-detention facility in the United States. The project is not about providing services or advocating for policy reform. It’s about relationship building and, by extension, world building. It’s about enacting solutions on a personal level. Focused on the human experience, Just Art uses creative practices to offer an alternative to isolation and punishment, shifting the overall energy and constitution of the jail.
For more information, please visit Just Art.