When does “I” become “We”?

Freya Powell

September 2018 
Saddle-stitched, 24 pages
Printed on Risograph at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive
Edition of 125
10 USD 
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About the publication

In 2013, the War Resisters League, a pacifist organization active in the United States since 1923, put out a call in Critical Resistance’s The Abolitionist for stories of tear-gassing and pepper-spraying in prisons and jails. Hundreds of people sent in letters revealing the rampancy of human rights abuses in incarceration centers. Freya Powell’s When does I become We, based on her video On Fire like Hell Fire, gathers some of these harrowing accounts of prisoners’ exposure to chemical weapons into a polyphony of voices relating the injustices suffered through gassing and medical negligence and the lasting physical and psychological trauma resulting from these experiences. 

About the author

Freya Powell uses time-based and linguistic platforms to explore language and its relationship to memory, myth, and history. She was recently been awarded a development residency at MoMA PS1 and a New Work Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts (2019.) Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Art in General, Brooklyn, NY (2017), Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN (2017), Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain (2014.) She has participated in group shows at institutions including EFA Project Space, New York, NY, Queens Museum, Corona, NY, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, #1 Cartagena: the First International Biennale of Art, Cartagena de India, Colombia, and the Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, among others. Her work is in the collections of the New York Public Library, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and the Franklin Furnace Archive. Powell holds an MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY and a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.


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