In September 2019, artist Sable Elyse Smith lead an intimate walkthrough of the exhibition “Mirror/Echo/Tilt”, a video, performance, and pedagogical project created by artists Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith in collaboration with individuals affected by the justice system. Focusing on embodied gesture across fragmented and repeated vignettes, the multichannel video employed nonverbal forms of meter, pause, and syntax to counter narratives imposed by the carceral state.
This program was part of A Possibility that Exists Alongside, a series of artist-led gallery talks highlighting the capacity of voice—through writing, speech, and movement—to challenge, provoke, and create new possibilities. Sable Elyse Smith (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA)1, an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator works with video, sculpture, photography, and text, pointing to the carceral, the personal, the political, and the quotidian to reveal largely unseen and potentially imperceptible violence.