Chris Burkle, Historical Trauma, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the Center on Behavioral Health Services at Rutgers University.
Funded by the National Institute on Mental Health through the Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, the research project “Living Re-entry from Inside the Community” was led by Liliane Windsor, Ph.D., MSW, and Nancy Wolff, Ph.D. to seek to understand the lived experience of individuals transitioning from incarceration into communities in Newark. Ten individuals with a history of incarceration were recruited to participate in the study. Each participant received a digital camera and was asked to take photographs to depict his or her experiences with re-entry. Photographs were to depict the challenges of re-entry, resources available in Newark to aid in the transition, and potential solutions to the challenges. Participants reviewed one another’s photos and discussed their experiences in a focus group.
The paintings were commissioned as part of the project, to depict some of the major challenges and obstacles that individuals from disadvantaged communities may face in the struggle to function successfully in society.
Includes the work of Chris Burkle and various artists, in collaboration with the Center on Behavioral Health Services at Rutgers University.