GILF! Bushwick. Fall 2014. For the month of October, artist & activist GILF! is wearing an orange prison jumpsuit to bring awareness to the mass incarceration problem that plagues the US. There are 80,000 Americans in solitary confinement and that number includes children. There are 2.4 million prisoners overall which means about 2 in every 100 Americans are behind bars. More on that here: https://news.vice.com/article/the-mass-incarceration-problem-in-america
On her orange jumpsuit she has adorned it with messages back and front. Looking her at her back, you see a maze, which is something used throughout her studio work, but looking closer you can start to see the words FUCK THE SYSTEM spelled out.
I spent time with GILF! at her studio over the weekend and we covered many topics which will be revealed in a later video vignette, however I wanted to share a still and spread the word about her current project. Reactions from the public thus far have been divided, but accompanying her to an art opening and dinner Saturday night in Chelsea afforded me a first hand look at the positive effect the jumpsuit has in starting conversations.