Google Earth is used to tour the largest jail in the country, Cook County Jail in Chicago, revealing a simultaneous visibility/invisibility. While some of the 3-D mapping renders the architecture visible, this image captures what is left out in the modeling algorithm, paralleling America’s relationship to over-incarceration and the systemic erasure of Black and Brown communities across the U.S.
Maria Gaspar is an artist negotiating the politics of location through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. She is the recipient of a Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award, and a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant. Gaspar is Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. mariagaspar.com | @mar_ometsol