Spaces of Detention

new jersey • cinthya santos briones


About the project

For We, Women, Cinthya will focus on how the infrastructure and architecture of detention centers in northern New Jersey shape the social interactions, well-being, and mental and general health of migrants. Cinthya will create a series of photographs of the exterior architecture of the Essex, Hudson, Bergen, and Elizabeth county jails, detention centers, and their surrounding landscapes. Cinthya will invite migrants who have been imprisoned in these detentions centers, as well as lawyers and immigration activists, to contribute to these images through collages, drawings, and their own narratives of the conditions and experiences lived inside of these places. Spaces of Detention is a collaboration with First Friends, Wind of the Spirit, and the American Friends Service Committee. A mobile exhibition and community dialogues will be held in communities throughout New Jersey.

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About the Artist

Cinthya Santos Briones is a Mexican photographer, anthropologist, ethnohistorian and community organizer based in New York. Her multimedia work uses a collaborative approach to tell stories about homeland, immigration, memory, identity and self-representation through an interdisciplinary process that uses photography, ethnography, history, drawings, and audiovisual and written narratives. Cinthya received grants from Magnum Foundation and National Geographic, and has published her work in the New York Times, California Sunday Magazine, and Vogue, among others.