The Writing on the Wall

Client
  • Hank Willis Thomas, Dr. Baz Dreisinger, and Incarceration Nations Network

This traveling installation is composed of essays, poems, letters, stories, diagrams and notes written by individuals in prison around the world. The installation’s design references the palimpsest-like writing on the walls of prison cells and layers these onto acrylic panels arranged in modules.

Bold graphic titling would form a literal wall that a stroke of writing, pulled from the letters featured in the exhibition, broke through. Supergraphic scale writing by individuals in prison thereby make a personal, hidden and private experience public.

The Challenge

This exhibition on the Highline in New York City needed a design to visually attract visitors that conveyed the seriousness of the subject matter, honored the writers who contributed their pieces and was not overly didactic about its subject matter.

Photo Credit: Cameron Blaylock

Blown-up letters by individuals in prison

Photo Credit: Cameron Blaylock

Exhibition titling

Photo Credit: Cameron Blaylock

Letters by individuals in prison

Photo Credit: Cameron Blaylock

Exhibition titling

Photo Credit: Cameron Blaylock

Exhibition graphics

Photo Credit: Cameron Blaylock

Exhibition text

Slideshow

The Writing on the Wall

Exhibition graphics

Blown-up letters by individuals in prison

Exhibition titling

Letters by individuals in prison

Exhibition titling

Exhibition graphics

Exhibition text