Central East Correctional Centre

Sheena Hoszko

Jan 15 - Feb 25, 2016

Opening: Jan 15, 7:00-10:00 pm

“[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.
        - Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? 2003

Central East Correctional Centre is the latest instalment in Sheena Hoszko’s ongoing intellectual and conceptual process of mapping human-made geographic locations and in the process, exploring human relationships with control, confinement, and movement. Through minimalist sculptural installation, drawings, as well as text Central East Correctional Centre addresses incarceration and immigration detention in North America and asks us to consider: What would a world without prisons look like?

Central East Correctional Centre, colloquially known as the Lindsay Superjail, is a medium/maximum security detention centre approximately forty-five minutes west of Peterborough in the town of Lindsay, Ontario. In addition to functioning as a medium/maximum security incarceration facility, the Superjail is contracted by the Canada Border Services Agency to act as an Immigration Holding Centre, where hundreds of undocumented migrants are detained – most without charges laid against them - awaiting deportation. Hoszko’s Central East Correctional Centre interrogates the contentious issues embodied within the Super Jail, and more broadly the prison system in Canada, with the installation acting as a point of entry into a critical interrogation of migrant detention, state violence, incarceration, and those who are oppressed due to race, gender, mental health, and class, and legal status within the region.

About Sheena
Born in Outaouais, Quebec, Sheena Hoszko examines sculptural materiality as it relates to institutional power dynamics by mapping geographic sites on a 1:1 scale. She obtains these measurements by walking the perimeter and measuring her steps, by transcribing oral histories, and via access to information requests. Her most recent projects, which translate detention centres and prison measurements into fence installations and cell-like room structures, stem from her family’s experiences with incarceration as well as her own work within prisons. She studied at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and obtained a MFA from Concordia University where she received a SSHRC grant for her research. Selected exhibitions include projects at Centre Clark and La Centrale (Montreal), A Space (Toronto), with upcoming projects at SFAI (Santa Fe) and The New Gallery (Calgary).

Opening: Jan 15, 7:00-10:00 pm

Please join Artspace on Friday January 15, 2016 from 7 - 10pm for the opening of Sheena Hoszko's new exhibition Central East Correctional Centre.