New ‘Carceral Crossings’ piece on Jennifer Turner’s ‘The Prison Boundary’ by Chris Hillstead

The Carceral Geography Working Group of the RGS is delighted to present the second inprison-boundary its series of Carceral Crossings, a series of short essays, intended to showcase both new scholarship in this field, and to provide an opportunity for Early Career Researchers (undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral) to bring their own research to the attention of the wider community.

The second such essay comes from Chris Hillstead, who is an MPhil Candidate in the JETA (Justice and Equity Through Art) Program, at the School of Design and Art, at Curtin University, in Western Australia, whilst at the same time serving a prison sentence. He considers Jennifer Turner’s monograph ‘The Prison Boundary’ and reflects on his own artistic process.

He writes “…challenging the Gothic facade of the modern prison as concrete and solid, I explore the concept of the contemporaneous carceral boundary built of mesh and razor wire being a sieve that filters and restricts in a more metaphorical way”. He draws upon Jennifer Turner’s consideration of the porosity of the prison boundary.

Read the full essay here, and if you would like to write a Carceral Crossings piece yourself, fill out the form available on this page.