“Freedom is the most beautiful thing life has to offer.”
“I am not a criminal I was a drug addict.”
“Beautiful things are never perfect.”
Those words, written by formerly incarcerated women, are just a few of the many thought-provoking and provocative statements included in an interactive new exhibition in Lawrence, Kansas called “How the Light Gets In,” created by Sarah Newman and metaLAB (at) Harvard, in collaboration with the KU Center for Digital Inclusion.
The multisite installation features the sentiments of dozens of formerly incarcerated women and explores themes such as compassion, curiosity, technology, knowledge-sharing, and criminal justice reform, says Newman. The installations also invite visitors to contribute – and take home – pieces of wisdom, adds Newman, who is Director of Art and Education for metaLAB (at) Harvard, part of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.