TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image (formerly known as the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center) is an artist-focused institution centered on the importance of contemporary image-making as an ever-evolving art form. The organization offers exhibitions, events, educational programming, and residencies. TILT is a resource for both practicing artists as well as individuals interested in learning about all aspects of contemporary photography.
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.