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Sharon Daniel: Public Secrets

Less obvious from the confines of the freeway is another rapidly expanding industry within the region, the state's massive prison system.

 

Website: Public Secrets

[From the Vectors Journal project introduction:]

To many, central California is perhaps best known as the heart of a large agriculture business, a vast terrain of plowed fields abutting the state's main thoroughfare, the I-5. Less obvious from the confines of the freeway is another rapidly expanding industry within the region, the state's massive prison system. As Sharon Daniel narrates in the voice-over that opens this project, a thirty square mile area near Chowchilla houses three prisons, including the two largest women's prisons in the world. Public Secrets reconfigures the physical, psychological, and ideological spaces of the prison, allowing us to learn about life inside the prison along with several thematic pathways and from multiple points of view. Through a thoughtful and respectful framing and layering of the voices of individual women, we get a view from inside but also a view in context.