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How We Tell Stories to Children

Sable Elyse Smith

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Sable Elyse Smith’s work seeks to make visible the interior and often unseen spaces and experiences of mass incarceration in the United States. How We Tell Stories to Children incorporates audio of the artist reading aloud, blurry found footage, and audio and video recordings made by the artist’s father while incarcerated, interweaving a personal, tender narrative of connection despite enforced distance. Its fleeting, fractured approach—where so much seems to happen off-screen—evokes the systematized silencing and erasure of the more than two million individuals incarcerated in the United States.
MEDIUM Video, color, sound, 5 minutes 51 seconds
DATES 2015
DIMENSIONS N/A
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2019.37
EDITION Edition: 1 of 3 + 1 A.P.
CREDIT LINE Gift of Isaac Joseph
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Sable Elyse Smith
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CAPTION Sable Elyse Smith (American, born 1986). How We Tell Stories to Children, 2015. Video, color, sound, 5 minutes 51 seconds, N/A. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Isaac Joseph, 2019.37. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2019.37_view01_SC.jpg)
IMAGE screen capture, Timestamp: 00:08, 2019.37_view01_SC.jpg. Brooklyn Museum, 2020
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Sable Elyse Smith (American, born 1986). <em>How We Tell Stories to Children</em>, 2015. Video, color, sound, 5 minutes 51 seconds, N/A. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Isaac Joseph, 2019.37. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2019.37_view01_SC.jpg)