Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts’ Redaction
Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts. Untitled (from the Redaction project). 2019. Etchingand silkscreen on paper, 22 x 30″. Image courtesy Titus Kaphar Studio. Photo: Merik Goma Our social and judicial systems have huge holes. We’ve been living with them for tenths, if not hundreds of years, but since these …
Our social and judicial systems have huge holes. We’ve been living with them for tenths, if not hundreds of years, but since these cracks seem to almost only affect minorities, society has found a way to ignore them. Redaction, the project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, is trying to bring light to one of these system holes of injustice: money bail.
Redaction consists of a series of prints, paintings, poems and a font, that bring awareness to the abuses of the criminal justice system to those who are unable to afford a bail. The project combines legal documents and poetry over portraits to create narratives and bring light to some of the stories behind the bail injustices.
Kaphar and Betts, along with designers Jeremy Mickel and Forest Young, created a font for the project, in hopes of it being used to communicate within the U.S. legal system as a form of protest. The Redaction font is available for download here.
The importance of projects like Redaction resides in keeping art current and used as a voice to tackle the problems our society needs to work on; art brings light to them and has the power to start conversations that could hopefully lead to solutions. Art should be used as an agent of change.
Redaction is showing through May 5 at MoMA PS1.