Ways to Disappear was a series of performance pieces that were connected through the themes of invisibility, disappearance, revealing oneself & being seen. Ways To Disappear was performed by the Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin Prison on Friday, November 18, 2016.
As America searches for solutions to the issues that underlie mass incarceration, there needs to be engagement with the population most proximate to the problems, the 2.3 million currently incarcerated Americans. How can free society change something they can't see clearly enough to understand? If effective solutions are to take root, accurate information needs to be obtained. It is hard for the public to come to us, which is why we, the Artistic Ensemble, come to you.
Artistic Ensemble is a troupe of 20 diverse men. In our explorations to discover how we can reach the public, we also discover more about what it means to be human by connecting with each other. Our creative process is dialogic. Together we explore social inequalities with language, sound, and movement.
It is through the collaborative effort between outside Artistic Ensemble members and Artistic Ensemble members in blue, that we are taking our constraints and boundaries and turning them into new perspectives on how we, and our art, are seen. Our stories cannot be properly told without the echoes of our voices, you cannot picture our world unless we are behind the camera.
There is nothing about us, without us.
Photo by Peter Merts