About the Artist
SARA BENNETT has been a public defender specializing in battered women and the wrongly convicted and she is the author of The Case Against Homework. Her photo essay, Spirit on the Inside: Reflections on Doing Time With Judith Clark, was selected for the 2014 INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self- Published Books at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Her first Life After Life in Prison exhibit examines the lives of four women as they returned to society after spending decades in prison. It has been exhibited more than fifteen times, and featured in, among others, the Metropolitan Section of the New York Times, PBS New Hour/Art Beat, Variety & Rolling Stone’s American (in)Justice, and the Marshall Project.
The Bedroom Project is the second in the Life After Life in Prison series. It has been featured on, among others, the FENCE 2018, Photoville 2018, the 10th International Organ Vida Photography Festival, the 2018 Indian Photography Festival, Feature Shoot, and PDN’s Photo of the Day. Bennett is a Top 50 Finalist in the 2018 Critical Mass Competition.
Looking Inside: Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentences is the third in the series. It has been featured in the Metropolitan Section of the New York Times and is a solo container exhibition at Photoville 2019.
Like the women she photographs, Bennett hopes her work will shed light on the pointlessness of extremely long sentences and arbitrary parole denials. To bring Life After Life in Prison, The Bedroom Project, or Looking Inside to your community, please email her.
Awards and Juried Group Exhibitions
The Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY (2 person show)
The FENCE 2018, Category Home, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Durham, Santa Fe, Calgary, Sarasota, Houston
Selected to exhibit at Photoville 2018 and Photoville 2019, Brooklyn, NY
Capture Your Freedom, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, Roosevelt Island, New York City (jury prize winner for the category, Freedom from Fear)
13th National Juried Exhibition, CERES Gallery, New York City (second place)
10th International Organ Vida Photography Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb Croatia
Top 50 Finalist, 2018 Critical Mass Competition
Shortlisted, Athens Photo Festival 2019
2018 Photo Place Gallery Juried Exhibition, Sanctuary (images in the gallery exhibition and permanent online gallery)
2018 Photo Place Gallery Juried Exhibition, Environmental Portraits (permanent online gallery)
One of 18 books chosen in the First Annual Photobook Juried Exhibition, Click! Photography Festival (2018)
Image selected for SDN’s Tenth Anniversary Exhibition (2018)