Ohio Penitentiary, Death Row

Masumi Hayashi (American, 1945 - 2006)

1996. Oil on canvas, 39 x 60". 1996.012

Masumi Hayashi began photographing prisons in 1989, producing work that united her interests in archeology, confinement, and abandoned places. Assembling many separate views of a subject into large-scale photographs, she creates complex and often disorienting new spaces. This panorama combines fifty-five single images into a powerful evocation of the experiences of imprisonment. Hayashi’s was among the last of the artistic projects that focused on the now demolished Ohio Penitentiary.

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