Tona Wilson came to Women’s Studio Workshop in the fall of 2010 to create an artists’ book inspired by her job as a Spanish interpreter in the US courts system.The product of her residency, Stories Behind Bars, consists of four individually bound silkscreen printed booklets: in one, a young man is deported using video teleconferencing, another gives some brief history of immigration detention, and all tell stories of immigrants in U.S. prisons and jails using silkscreened graphic novel style imagery. Tona’s poignant stories from New York State’s prisons and jails give testament to a part of our society that is hidden to those not directly involved.
Inspired by the voices brought to life in Tona’s book, Bardavon/UPAC director Chris Silva has put together a staged reading of Stories Behind Bars with a cast made up of students from Kingston High School and Bard College and local parishioners and clergy. The Kingston Library will host E EQUALS ARTISTS: BOOK ON ITS FEET a special one-night-only reading this Wedneday night from 6pm to 8pm.
You can view Tona’s book in it’s entirety in our Artists Book Database.
Read more about this event in the Hudson Valley Almanac’s article Staged reading of Tona Wilson’s Stories behind Bars in Kingston