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About the Visualizing Abolition series:
This program is part of a series of virtual talks and events presented in conjunction with the exhibition Barring Freedom, co-organized by SJMA and UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS). The online events feature artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition and are coordinated by the IAS in collaboration with Professor Gina Dent, feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz. About the Directors
Dee Hibbert-Jones is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy® award-winning filmmaker, and internationally recognized artist. Her work incorporates animation, installation, public art, and documentary film examining power and politics: how people manage and who gets heard. She explores diverse subjects from land use and wasted resources, to criminal justice and indigent rights: examining what is considered valuable and who is dismissed as valueless. Hibbert-Jones is a Guggenheim Fellow. She was most recently awarded the United States Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award in recognition for her outstanding national commitment to civil rights, and social justice. The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University awarded Hibbert-Jones the 2015 Filmmaker Award with Nomi Talisman, the California Public Defenders Association awarded them both the 2016 Gideon Award for support to indigent minorities.
Nomi Talisman is an artist and a creative media maker, turned documentarian using animation. Talisman has extensive experience in short-form video work, documentary work for non-profit organizations, and other agencies, as well as legal and evidentiary filming and photography. Her