SARAH STONE


2017 LATE WINTER exhibit

In this photographic series, Sarah Stone critiques the Prison Industrial Complex and its role in our society. These works deal specifically with the use of prison labor within the corporate economy, which has been referred to as a legal form of slavery. The images are representations of commodities produced by prisoners through employment agreements with US corporations including Whole Foods, Victoria’s Secret, McDonalds, Aramark, Starbucks, Honda, and Microsoft, among others. Operating under the guise of preparing prisoners for life on the outside, these companies employ inmates at menial jobs at rates less than half the minimum wage. The series title comes from the 13th Amendment: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States…”