To Shoot a Kite

Yaelle Amir – new Portland resident and curator-in-residence at Newspace – will be one of the panelists in September’s Wapato Roundtable event.

ERNEST got turned on to her work by way of her 2014 exhibition, To Shoot a Kite, at CUE Foundation, NYC. This interview with her and Creative Capital as well as a mutual friend led us to reach out.

In addition to being a panelist at the Wapato Roundtable, Yaelle will also be leading a Weekly Reading Group in October focused on the Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow.

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 2015
7-8:30pm Weekly Reading Group to consider the seminal book The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. The discussion is being initiated by Yaelle Amir, Curator at Newspace Center for Photography, yet will be led and motivated by group participants and invited guests. Sectioned into three meetings, the group will discuss the main issues addressed in the book: the origin of mass incarceration in the U.S.; the racialized structure of the U.S. justice system; the aftermath and legacy of mass incarceration.


From the CUE Foundation website:

Required Reading

July 5 – August 5, 2014 | CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY | Venue Website

Artists and Projects: Julie Green, Ashley Hunt, Lucky Pierre, Prison and Neighborhood Art Project (P+NAP), Sarah Ross, Dread Scott, Jackie Sumell, Tamms Year Ten, and Temporary Services.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. prison population has increased by 700%, even though our total population has grown by only 20%, and our crime rate has decreased. With over two million incarcerated people, we lock away more individuals per capita than any other country that publishes these statistics. In prison-speak, a ‘kite’ represents notes or letters, and ‘to shoot a kite’ means to send a message. The exhibition To Shoot A Kite includes projects that represent the work of a select group of artists who have set out to relay the severe conditions of U.S. prisoners and expose our broken justice system. In so doing, they are re-framing the narrative surrounding the incarcerated—providing a platform for public expression and advocating for change both from within and out of the prison system. Each project takes on a different form – from documentation and data visualization to offering services and advocacy – which provides a link between the incarcerated and the outside world, portraying their conditions, and personalizing the abundant, yet anonymous data about the prison system.

*This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Yaelle Amir, Ashley Hunt, and Lilly Lampe. To obtain a copy, contact CUE Art Foundation.