School of Abolition
The Moon Spins the Dead Prison Publication Launch
Thu 3 March 2022
Photo by Bart Urbanski
In partnership with Glasgow Sculpture Studios, the School of Abolition (SOA) invites you to the publication launch of The Moon Spins the Dead Prison: An Anthology of Abolition. Please join us to pick up your free copy as well as for an in-person conversation on the subject of carceral geographies between SOA curator Thomas Abercromby and writers Lola Olufemi and Hussein Mitha and artist Jamie Crewe.
The Moon Spins the Dead Prison brings together a collection of new essays that explore the meaning, practices, and politics of prison abolition from local, national and global positions and perspectives. The publication includes new texts by Harry Josephine Giles, Che Gossett, Hussein Mitha, Lola Olufemi, Koshka Duff & Connor Woodman, accompanied by a collection of new drawings by artist Jamie Crewe and an introduction by Thomas Abercromby, Rosie Roberts & Phil Crockett Thomas.
Lola Olufemi is a black feminist writer and CREAM/Stuart Hall foundation researcher from London. Her work focuses on the uses of the feminist imagination and its relationship to cultural production, political demands and futurity. She is author of Feminism Interrupted: Disrupting Power (2020), Experiments in Imagining Otherwise (2021), and a member of 'bare minimum', an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective.
Hussein Mitha is a researcher, artist and activist who lives in Glasgow. Their writing frequently deals with class, contemporary art, anti-imperialism and racial capitalism. They are on the organising committee of Red Sunday school, a new Socialist Sunday School for children and young people starting sessions in Glasgow in 2022. They are also currently working on a collection of essays on poetry and insurgency for Rosie’s Disobedient Press. They are a signatory of Boycott Zabludowicz in solidarity with Palestinian liberation and against the art-washing of apartheid Israel.
Jamie Crewe is a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte's head. They grew up in the Peak District, England, and are now settled in Glasgow, Scotland. They have presented several solo exhibitions, including Solidarity & Love at Humber Street Gallery, Hull (2020); Love & Solidarity at Grand Union, Birmingham (2020); Pastoral Drama at Tramway, Glasgow (2018); and Female Executioner at Gasworks, London (2017).
Thomas Abercromby is an artist and curator based in Glasgow. He has a wealth of experience leading on research, planning, and implementing artistic projects in collaboration with some of Scotland's most important cultural institutions such as CCA Glasgow, Scotland+Venice, Glasgow International, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and The British Council. Recent and current projects include The Glasgow Seed Library, The Springburn Design Charrette, You're Never Done, and The School of Abolition.
This event is part of School of Abolition; a year-long action research project developed and led by artist and curator Thomas Abercromby using contemporary art and activism to challenge Scotland's prison industrial complex and the ways in which we respond to harm and crime without resorting to further policing or imprisonment. Thomas has invited various artists, academics, writers, activists and other guest contributors to expand the sharing of abolition praxis as a way of reimagining our criminal justice system through a free public programme of readings, workshops, screenings and public art displays. The School will work in close collaboration with communities in Glasgow North, providing a support structure that recontextualises the very idea of policing and prisons towards community-based models of safety, support and prevention.
Supported by Creative Scotland, Necessity and Glasgow Sculpture Studios
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