Ethical Portraits: In Search of Representational Justice Author Talk by Hatty Nestor
Tuesday 03 August, 7:00pm
Burning House Books (Venue 4)
Prisons systematically dehumanise the imprisoned. Visualised through mugshots and surveillance recordings, the incarcerated lose control of their own image and identity. The criminal justice system in the United States does not only carry out so-called justice in ways that compound inequality, it also minimises the possibility for empathetic encounters with those who are most marginalised. It is therefore urgent to understand how prisoners are portrayed by the carceral state and how this might be countered or recuperated.
Hatty is a cultural critic and author of “Ethical Portraits: In Search of Representational Justice” (Zero, 2021). She has been published in the White Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Frieze, Granta and other publications.