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In Focus: Injustice in America Exhibit Reception
January 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In Focus: Injustice in America is a collection of portraits from six of Emily Baxter’s photography projects focused on the U.S. criminal legal system, beginning and ending with North Carolina’s death row. Our nation’s concept of justice has its roots sunk deep into soil fertilized by racism, white supremacy, and the dehumanization of the “other.” America’s criminal legal system began with genocide and slavery, then moved on to lynching and capital punishment to mollify mobs. Today, we have executions that are sterilized, but just as brutal, and policies that disproportionately ensnare black, brown, and Indigenous people. Past and present, it’s a “justice” system that’s anything but just.Emily Baxter is the director of the Durham-based North Carolina Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Emily is a former public defender and nonprofit lobbyist. She first began taking photos in 2012 when creating We Are All Criminals, an image and narrative-based catalyst for conversations about race, class, crime, punishment, and privilege. She’s been honored to partake in multiple portrait projects since then, a few of which are included in this exhibit. Join us Friday, January 17th, for the opening of this exhibit that ties these injustices together through image and narrative.