Interrupted Life

Incarcerated Mothers in the United States

Six Cards Big, centerpiece of Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the Unit

Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States is an exhibition of five linked installation pieces examining women's experiences of incarceration alongside contemporary issues of human rights and social justice. The exhibit conveys the stark realities of incarceration, especially its impact on mothers and their children.

Interrupted Life features artwork created by inmates as well as actual correspondence between an incarcerated mother and her daughter.

Rickie Solinger is a historian and curator who writes about reproductive and welfare politics, and the relationships of race and class to these issues. She authored the award-winning Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade. Her new book is Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.

For more than two decades, Solinger has been curating traveling exhibitions about these matters, aiming to "interrupt the curriculum."

This event is hosted by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and Women's Studies, with support from Afroamerican and African Studies, American Culture, Center for the Education of Women, English Language and Literature, Ford School of Public Policy, History, History of Art, Institute for the Humanities, Rackham Graduate School, School of Social Work, and the Understanding Race Theme Semester.

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