12/15/2020: TokyoSession #5, Gwenola Ricordeau
For this 5th #tokyosession, researcher Gwenola Ricordeau speaks to co-curator of the exhibition Anticorps Cédric Fauq about prison abolitionism, its imaginaries, as well as its ties with feminists and queer struggles.
Those issues echo some of the artists' interventions within the exhibition and their practice at large: Carolyn Lazard, Dominique Petitgand, Kevin Desbouis, Forensic Architecture and Ghita Skali. The abolition of the prison-industrial complex is also at the core of Jackie Wang's research, who presents the text "Oceanic Feelings and Communist Affect" on this website and whose first book Carceral Capitalism was translated and published in french last year (Gwenola Ricordeau wrote its postface).
Gwenola Ricordeau is assistant professor in criminal justice at the California State University in Chico (US). French, she's been living in the US for three years. Her research focuses on incarcerated's loved-ones, sexuality and gender in prison, as well as oppositions to the prison system. She notably published Pour Elles Toutes. Femmes contre les Prisons (Lux, 2019). Feminist and prison abolition activist, she regularly writes on social movements. She recently published « Mobilisations contre les « violences policières » : Autant en emporte le vent réformiste ».
This conversation echoes the exhibition's keyword "Touch".