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Isadora Kosofsky

‘Still My Mother, Still My Father: Parent-Child Visits’

Isadora Kosofsky’s ongoing series of photographs—one of which accompanies David Cole’s article in the June 22 issue of the Review— centers on the work of the Florida-based organization Children of Inmates, which arranges visits between children and their incarcerated parents that are less restricted and more intimate than the ones that prisons usually allow. In the pictures included in Kosofsky’s new show at the Davis Orton Gallery, which also features Joe Librandi-Cowan’s photographs taken in and around Auburn Prison, we see parents embrace their children, often after long absences, and play with makeup, stickers and toys. Kosofsky also documents the commutes, bus rides, and security checks leading up to the visits.

The playful, tender interactions she records are a departure from the model of parent-child visits on which many prisons continue to depend. “My client Kathy Boudin,” Martin Garbus wrote in the Review last year, “was the young mother of a fifteen-month-old boy when she was put into solitary in the New York Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal prison, for participating in a robbery during which three men were killed. Acting on their own authority, prison officials refused to let him visit her. After a long court battle, the child was allowed to visit so long as he and his mother remained at opposite ends of a twelve-foot-long table and did not touch each other. If the child cried, guards ended the visit.”

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Category: Exhibition
Davis Orton
114 Warren Street,
Hudson, NY