Wherever There is Light

TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image



Larry W. Cook, The Visiting Room #2. Photo by the artist.


Larry W. Cook, Horizons, 2022. Photo by the artist.


Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, The Women's Mobile Museum, 2018, installation view, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

A group of formerly incarcerated artists shares their stories and considers the role of art and photography within the US penal system as it relates to themes of surveillance, portraiture (i.e., “mug shots”), and vernacular photography in visiting rooms. Photo and video artist Larry Cook, whose work speaks to representation of Black communities and culture, leads a project team that provides the artists with professional support and peer-to-peer mentorship. Scholar Dr. Melanee Harvey serves as curator, bringing academic expertise in carceral activism and image making. An exhibition of new works addresses the effects of mass incarceration on people’s lives, families, and communities. An accompanying website offers essays, documentation of the artists’ processes, and resources on criminal justice reform.

The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.