By Jessica Caldas
CenterForm - Atlanta, GA
November, 2017 - January, 2018
Photos by Matthew Straw
Infringed is a multimedia installation that addressess the history of the second amendment and gun control, rights, and violence in the US.
Infringed briefly addresses the history of the second amendment and gun control, gun rights, and gun violence in the US. This issue is complex for many Americans, and the history of the conversation around gun control is one that is not often talked about extensively. Instead, we are reactionary both in our defense of gun rights, and in our feelings towards gun violence, whether small or large scale. Regardless of how we feel about the presence of guns in our communities, it is important to understand the history of the laws (and namely the second amendment) which affect how we view and access them. Additionally, we should also understand the real toll the presence of guns takes on our daily lives.
The following statistics are specifically referenced in this installation: history of the In the US: laws (and namely the second amendment) which affect how we view and access them. Additionally, we should also understand the real toll the presence of guns takes on our daily lives.
The following statistics are specifically referenced in this installation:
In the US…
- 93 people are kill by guns daily.
- When a gun is present in the home during a domestic violence incident, women are 5 times as likely to be killed (in a country where 3 women die every day because of Domestic Violence).
- 208 people have been killed in 2017 in mass shootings alone.
- Black men are 14 times more likely than white men to be shot and killed by guns.
Infringed Artist Talk with Jessica Caldas
Tuesday, December 5th, 7-8:30 PM at CenterForm
ABOUT JESSICA CALDAS
Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals primarily with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery's Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. Caldas was named Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.
Prior to working full time as an artist, Caldas worked with the Atlanta based non-profit, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, coordinating their Domestic Violence and Guardian ad Litem programs and continues to volunteer for the foundation. For several years she was also the volunteer director of Hollaback! Atlanta, the local chapter of an international movement focused on fighting against the harassment and assault of women and the LGTBQI community in public spaces.
In her advocacy work, Caldas spends time lobbying for policy at the local level and spent time with the YWCA Georgia Women's Policy Institute at the 2016 general assembly to assure the passage of the Rape Kit Bill and in 2017 to stop HB 51, a bill that would have harmed the safety of sexual assault survivors on college campuses.
Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta, GA.
To learn more, visit: jessicacaldas.com
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