‘Welcome Home’ exhibition sheds light on the intersection of incarceration and homelessness

The “Welcome Home” exhibition, which aims to address the revolving doors between mass incarceration and homelessness, is set to open on May 31, 2024, at 291 Church St. 

More than half of New York’s adult black men, according to the statement announcing the exhibition, are currently under correctional control, and survivors of correctional confinement are almost 10 times more likely than their fellow citizens to subsequently find themselves unhoused. 

The exhibition, curated by Jeroen Stevens, combines photography, poetry, painting, storytelling and performance to explore the intersection of punitive oppression and emancipatory struggles for justice.

Featuring work by artists such as Alex Anderson, Gregory Frederick, Bruce Blake, Felix Guzman, Iman LeCaire, André P. and Joshua Lopez, “Welcome Home” seeks to mobilise art as a tool for healing trauma and rehumanising urban outcasts.

Gregory Frederick, Untitled, 2023 (detail)

The exhibition will run from May 31 to July 27, 2024, with an opening reception on May 31 from 6 to 8 pm EST. Additionally, the exhibition will be available online.

“Welcome Home” was selected through apexart’s Open Call, and apexart’s program supporters include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and many others.

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