WW NORTON/THAMES & HUDSON
MacArthur fellows Reginald Dwayne Betts and Titus Kaphar present a stunning literary and artistic collaboration that confronts the abuses of the criminal justice system.
Throughout their award-winning careers, visual artist and filmmaker Titus Kaphar and poet, memoirist, and attorney Reginald Dwayne Betts have shed light on the violences of incarceration and the underexplored contradictions of American history. In Redaction, they unite their different mediums to expose the ways the legal system exploits and erases the poor and incarcerated from public consciousness.
Kaphar's "Redaction" prints, exhibited at MoMA PS1, combine etched portraits of incarcerated individuals and Betts' poetic redaction of legal documents. Three prints are divided to illustrate joint manipulation of engraving, printing, verse, and redaction. Additional artwork, poetry, and Suzuki's intro accompany the powerful exploration of race and incarceration in America.