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Lynn Cazabon Portrait Garden
Inmate's Photos at World Trade Center Gallery
Thursday, October 6th, 2016 // Opening Reception 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Top of the World Trade Center | 27th Floor | 401 E Pratt St. | Baltimore

2014, photographs, audio, public transit posters

Portrait Garden is a literal and metaphorical garden of portraits of eleven women incarcerated at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, consisting of photographic images of plants selected to represent each woman and audio statements centered on the chosen plants and her past and present experiences with gardening. The project is the result of an exchange between the artist and inmates that used environmental stewardship as a tool for self-reflection through the creation of perennial gardens on the prison grounds.

The project was first displayed publicly as interactive posters in Baltimore Light Rail train system in December 2014 - January 2015. This public display was designed to metaphorically bring these women back into Baltimore, a city in which many of them grew up, and to shed light on the realities of long-term incarceration for the general public. Portrait Garden is also configured for display in gallery settings as individual prints with audio and within an interactive installation.

Portrait Garden started in the summer of 2013 when Cazabon began working with this group of women who volunteered to be part of the Maryland Green Prisons Initiative, a program created to bring nature into Maryland prisons by supporting partnerships between inmates and researchers outside of the prison system. The inmates selected for participation in Portrait Garden are serving sentences that range from 5 years to Life.

Lynn Cazabon is an artist who creates work using a wide range of media and methodologies. She is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland Baltimore County.