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Unfinished Business: The Right to Play


The other day Damon Locks was at Stateville Correctional Center in suburban Crest Hill, where he teaches art to inmates, when one of the prison's guards wandered into his classroom. Each of Locks's 11 students at the all-male maximum-security facility had spent the semester making brief animations with pencils and tracing paper—among the few art supplies allowed in the jail—and the curious guard was trying to get a sneak peek. Locks, a visual artist who also fronts the band the Eternals, treated the watchman to a collection of shorts that includes a critique of America's cycle of incarceration, with a man behind bars dying off as a woman gives birth to a child destined for prison; an arcade homage featuring Pac-Man devouring both handcuffs and ghosts wearing graduation caps; and a first-person perspective piece in which a prisoner breaks his shackles and flies Superman-like to space before being imprisoned by aliens. Continue reading >>


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