Elektra KB

Bodies of Water: Body as a Prison/Prison as a Body

Elektra KB

Bodies of Water: Body as a Prison/Prison as a Body

Date

2020

Edition Size

100

Media

Digital print, Letterpress

Binding

Pamphlet

Dimensions

8.5 × 5.5 in

Pages

36

Collection

$ 17.00

Out of Print


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The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)

Bodies of Water: Body as a Prison/Prison as a Body explores the themes of gender migration, life inside the prison industrial complex, and the communication barriers created by such infrastructures with the outside, so-called, ‘free’ world. Water has been a means of transportation often used by people seeking freedom. Water symbolizes freedom, mutability, and changeability. However, when water is trapped, regulated, and contained, it loses those abilities.

This zine explores the journey of Elektra KB trying to communicate with political prisoner, Marius Mason, held in a women’s prison in Texas. Mason is also the first male trans person to receive state approval for gender confirmation treatment in 2016 under federal custody. Mason was a member of the Earth Liberation Front and was charged with Arson of a Monsanto research facility in 2009. When the prisoner is finally allowed to communicate with the artist, the call is heavily monitored by state officials and what the prisoner can discuss is limited; the artist asks: What do you think about water?