Basic Necessities: A Conbody Exhibit by Michelle Repiso

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121 Ludlow Street

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New York, NY 10002

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Conbody presents basic necessities, an audio/visual exhibition by Michelle Repiso. Join us for an evening of thought-provoking art, wine and appetizers.

basic necessities documents three individuals and the mechanisms they employ to sustain their humanity while incarcerated. This exhibition demonstrates man's need for communication and connection within our environment no matter how harsh. Mass incarceration is increasingly recognized as one of the most detrimental social issues facing the United States today and this installation focuses on art, creativity and imagination in an unlikely place.

Repiso's work documents the highly personal objects Shane Ennover crafted out of household materials that
people ordinarily use and discard. Toilet paper was a material Shane could transform into a rose and send as a
memento to keep his relationship thriving while he was away. Mini bars of soap became sculptures that were
given to family members as gifts during visitation. Juan Howard used pen and paper to write stories, poetry, draw
and create music so that he could have genuine and authentic communication with others while he was
incarcerated. Coss Marte maintained his strength by reading the Bible, motivating others with fitness training and
making prison burritos as a way to bond with those around him. All three men served time for the crimes they
committed and sought communication and normality to help better themselves.

This exhibition does not trivialize or lessen their crimes, but instead, it focuses on the ways that one copes with the
situation they are given and finds beauty in the mundane and with unlikely materials. Current American policy
continues to isolate and separate incarcerated individuals. When resources for rehabilitation aren't available to
them the chance of recidivism is high. Repiso has witnessed this first hand throughout her time working with
youthful offenders at Rikers Island. If structure or stimulation isn't available then there isn't a will to grow, change
and succeed.

Every piece that is photographed derives from an object that was created while incarcerated. All three men are
trying to right their wrongs despite the stigma they carry from being formerly incarcerated. Each of them made
more of the situation they were in and can now be recognized as a vehicle for change. Repiso addresses the
importance of understanding the person, not just seeing the environment that he or she was a part of.

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ConBody Bootcamp Studio

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New York, NY 10002

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