Mark Strandquist’s Windows From Prison exhibit is on display now through Dec. 7 in the Founders Hall Gallery of the Arlington Campus.
In the spring of 2014, prisoners around the country, who were originally from Washington, D.C., were asked: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place in your past would it look out to?”
The responses described in the prisoners’ letters were photographed by Mason students and students from Duke Ellington High School, then mailed back to the prisoners. The photographs later became a part of the Windows From Prison project. The Arlington exhibit will allow viewers to see the photographs and prisoner letters in a presentation inside of the gallery.
“The prisoners we’re working with use their words to design each image. They describe exactly how to create them,” says Strandquist. “They are the ones representing their lives, struggles and histories.”