Faces of Change

Friday, November 20, 2015 to Sunday, February 7, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Exhibition features 30 inmate portraits and images by photographer Nick Vedros.

Prisons are hard, unforgiving places, built for incarceration not rehabilitation. If inmates hope to change, they need to find the will, courage and strength to do so, against long odds.

Inside Kansas Correctional Facilities, men and women are doing just that through an intense program of weekly transformative meetings that has greatly reduced recidivism rates. Inmates freely confront each other (and their own inner demons) with unflinching honesty, often for the first times in their lives.

Now, Faces of Change, an exhibit in photographs and words, comes to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in November, capturing the raw spirit of the program and the people who give it human dimension.

Featuring the powerful work of nationally acclaimed photographer Nick Vedros and the words of the participants themselves, Faces of Change is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit. It’s real, immediate, haunting, riveting. Given a chance, humanity will find a way. The courage and hope of people who by all rights should have none shine through in every image, every word.

Text by Jeff Bremser | Curated by Dan White