Small as a Giant fuses a photography effort and exhibition with community forums held across California to expose the inhumanity and ineffectiveness of juvenile incarceration – particularly for long-term sentences. The project will pragmatically reveal in a provocative way the cruelty and ineffectiveness of juvenile incarceration, to galvanize people in a non-abstract, pointed way to participate in local and state efforts to reform the juvenile justice system. The aim of the project is to photograph young people who have been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison when they were under the age of 18 – now serving those sentences.
The curated exhibition will feature photographic images of over 50 young people serving long-term sentences in California correctional facilities, along with written narratives of their life stories and convictions. Also featured will be a provocative video and multi-media component to fully articulate the already existing movement to create change in the juvenile justice system, particularly as it relates to long-term juvenile incarceration.
The core purpose of the entire project is to create a tangible tool and glaring statement through conceptual art that can be used to influence and empower voters, communities, politicians, and stakeholders to change the attitude, policies, and laws that fuel one of America’s most tragic and grotesque appendages: Locking children in prison for their entire lives.