Jackie Sumell

Year of birth, place
1973, United States
Jackie Sumell looks back on a decade-long collaboration with Louisiana Prisoner Herman Wallace, which has become the subject of a full-length documentary nationally syndicated on PBS called Herman’s House. Her work humanizes dialog around the overuse of solitary confinement and cruel and unusual punishment in American prisons. It directly addresses distinctions of the American psyche. Sumell’s work at the intersection of art, social justice, and yoga continues to engage new audiences by employing the power of imagination. Her work has been included in numerous international exhibitions and has received widespread critical acclaim including the 2013 Soros Justice fellowship.

[Last update: September 2015]