Artwork > 2016

Wretched and Paramount (Extreme Landscapes)
Wretched and Paramount (Extreme Landscapes)
Inkjet Print
27 1/2" x 39 1/4"

In Wretched and Paramount (Extreme Landscapes), Gaspar uses Google Earth, a popular source of information mapping, to tour the largest jail in the country. Cook County Jail occupies 96 acres and is located in Little Village, the artist's childhood community. For Gaspar, touring the site through the virtual platform revealed a simultaneous visibility and invisibility. While some of the 3-D mapping renders the architecture visible, what is left out is rendered invisible, (non)spaces that appear ambiguous in the incomplete modeling algorithm. What is left out in the algorithm parallels an American relationship to the disproportionate effects of mass incarceration on communities of color and the poor: "out of mind, out of site.”

Gaspar’s practice investigates the architecture of incarceration and its psycho-social implications on both sides of the wall. This series of images was influenced by her ongoing work with the 96 Acres Project, a series of community-engaged, site-specific projects that address the impact of Cook County Jail on Chicago's West Side. Started in 2012 by Gaspar with support from many community stakeholders, the community-based project uses performance, audio, and visual art to explore the effects of mass incarceration on communities of color.