Between The Lines
Florida • Rowan Renee
About the project
Rowan's Between the Lines will create a counter-archive to elevate suppressed histories on how LGBTQ+ individuals have been criminalized in South Florida by legislation targeting gender and sexuality. Through archival research and community-based workshops, Rowan will collaborate with community members to center issues specific to women, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals personally affected by the criminal justice system. Rowan draws on visual storytelling strategies developed through researching their father's incarceration and how the justice process excluded women in their family. Using printmaking and photographic techniques, workshop participants will superimpose new imagery into archival records, using the artistic process to illuminate the impact of mass incarceration on queer communities and to envision more compassionate approaches to justice.
About the Artist
Rowan Renee is a genderqueer artist who explores how queer identity is mediated by the law. Through image, text, and installation, they elaborate themes of authorship, representation, and erasure in official state records and personal archives. Rowan's work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Aperture Foundation and Pioneer Works, and they have received awards from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. They grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and currently live in Brooklyn, New York.