The Moon Spins the Dead Prison: An Anthology of Abolition | Thomas Abercromby
The Moon Spins the Dead Prison brings together a collection of new essays that explore the meaning, practices, and politics of prison abolition from local, national and global positions and perspectives. The publication is designed by Maeve Redmond and includes new texts by Harry Josephine Giles, Che Gossett, Hussein Mitha, Lola Olufemi, Koshka Duff & Connor Woodman, accompanied by a collection of new drawings by artist Jamie Crewe and an introduction by Thomas Abercromby, Rosie Roberts & Phil Crockett Thomas.
& Phil Crocket Thomas
Copyright @ The School of Abolition and Contributors, 2022
Drawings by Jamie Crewe
Desing by Maweve Rochmond
Proofread by Talinn Book Printers
Print Run of 800
Supported by Creative Scotland , Necessity
and Glasgow Sculpture Studios
21 Oct 2023 — 23 Dec 2023
Titled in homage to the artist’s father, John is a new commission by Glaswegian artist and curator Thomas Abercromby. Centred around a film installation of the same name, Thomas has collaborated with an all-working-class cast and crew to explore the intricate ties between family, grief and the multifaceted layers of social class. John raises the question: how do we navigate spaces not designed for us?
The film juxtaposes childhood paintings made by Thomas' late father with opulent gallery interiors, and painterly images of peripheral urban landscapes of the artist's youth. These are seamlessly intertwined with behind-the-scenes moments that expose the subjectivity of the cast and crew themselves, and the work that has gone into the production of John. The film not only challenges traditional artistic norms but also invites audiences to confront and reflect upon the spaces and narratives that are often left uncharted in the art world.
Presented as part of Satellites Programme.
Satellites is Collective’s development programme for emerging practitioners based in Scotland. The 2022/23 participants are Thomas Abercromby, Rabindranath X Bhose, Kaya Fraser and Matty Rimmer.
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