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What We Owe To Each Other

7 weekly conversations | 2018

In a November 2017 interview, Mia Mingus, cofounder of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, ends by saying, “people talk about [transformative justice] as though it’s ‘soft’ [but] it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do.” What We Owe To Each Other is a public research project in which I was trying to understand and work at this hard thing through a collective learning effort. Building on my video and photography work examining vulnerability, affect and repair, I took up weekly residence in the gallery during the RAGGA NYC exhibition to deepen my knowledge of transformative justice through mutual conversation, readings, workshops, and screenings. Given that transformative justice is rooted in community and accountability, I invited Mercer Union visitors to participate in my research process and to join me in doing the personal work necessary to learn about healing and justice together.