Maria Hinds, Surviving Solitary
Surviving Solitary is an exhibit that documents the personal belongings of Herman Wallace of the Angola 3 collected during his 42 years of solitary confinement in Louisiana state prisons. Led by artist Maria Hinds, the project is in collaboration with photographer Matthew Thompson, the now deceased Herman Wallace and other formerly incarcerated people and is ultimately borne out of Louisiana’s prison industrial complex. Surviving Solitary provides insights into the impact of the cruel and inhumane practice of solitary confinement as experienced by over 80,000 inmates in the United States. It aims to continue Herman’s personal struggle and legacy within the wider movement against racism and human rights violations in the fight for equal justice for all people.