Pictured: Three generations of von Furstenberg women-Diane von Furstenberg with her daughter Tatiana and granddaughter Antonia-at the On The Inside exhibit.
Diane von Furstenberg may look to fashion to empower women but her daughter, Tatiana von Furstenberg, is taking a route less-traveled. With a new art exhibit titled On The Inside, Tatiana is spotlighting the work of incarcerated LGBTQ artists who are currently at-risk in prison.
Through a collaboration with Black and Pink, an organization supporting LGBTQ in prison, the artwork of 150 incarcerated artists across the country will be on display in an exhibition at New York's Abrons Art Center. The project highlights the oft overlooked LGBTQ prisoners who are at a higher risk for physical and sexual assault while behind bars. Additionally, these inmates typically are less likely to have support from family and friends on the outside due to their sexuality or gender identity.
From nude sketches to portraits of Rihanna and Marilyn Monroe, the artwork was created with materials the prisoners have access to like letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ball-point pen ink tubes and more creative tools like an asthma inhaler with Koolaid to create an air-brush painting.
The exhibit itself is a collection of sketches and framed artwork mixed with chill-inducing quotes from incarcerated artists, offering a more personal look at their work and life behind bars. "Even though my thoughts are of freedom, I am never free. The world has turned their back on me, it's like I'm not even here," writes one of the artists.
Aside from giving the artists the opportunity to share their works, the exhibit is also giving the public the chance to connect directly with the incarcerated artists. Visitors will be able to text the artists through a transcribing service and long-term PenPals can also be arranged onsite for those who want to offer support to the LGBTQ inmates. The project is just the first of a multi-year collaboration between von Furstenberg and the Black and Pink organization-with more inspiring work
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