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The San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project: a collaboration between Nigel Poor and Men from San Quentin State Prison
Artist Nigel Poor has been working with the inmates at San Quentin Prison since 2011. The San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project demonstrates Poor’s longstanding commitment to facilitating a dialogue around how we manage crime, punishment and rehabilitation in the United States.
“For many years my work has explored the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. I am interested in forms of portraiture and explore this vastly mined photographic area through unconventional means. I have used fingerprints and hands, objects people have thrown out, human hair, dirt, dryer lint and dead insects as indexical markers of human presence and experience. I am trying to explore the troubling question of how to document life and what is worthy of preservation. In 2011 my interest in investigating the marks people leave behind led me to San Quentin State Prison.”