RINSE AND REPEAT: Collateral Damage @ the Blind Whino
About a month ago this event was brought to my attention and I'm greatly appreciative that it was. It's so often forgotten how interconnected the pieces of our lives are and this display of art showcases that, sometimes painstaking, reality.
"In one photo, a 6-year-old boy stares hauntingly into the camera. Another shows his 14-year-old brother, also with no grin. They are the sons of a father spending decades in prison.
There’s a photo of a 16-year-old girl whose brother is imprisoned. There’s one of a 31-year-old man whose mother and father were both locked up. And there’s an image of an 87-year-old woman, the mother of two sons and a daughter who are behind bars.
These are faces of D.C. residents with loved ones who have been sent to prison, sometimes serving life sentences.
The exhibit, says its founder, Tony Lewis Jr., is not about the men and women who are incarcerated. Instead, it is about the children, parents and siblings who are cut off from their loved ones, often for the rest of their lives. It’s about the mothers who must raise children alone when fathers are sent away, and the children who grow up without one of their parents.
“They are the collateral damage,” Lewis said. “They are the innocents who are left behind, suffering because of the choices an adult in their family made.”
Collateral Damage opens today, 4pm-8pm at the Blind Whino Art House
700 Delaware Ave. SW Washington DC 20024
rinse and repeat...