Beyond the Walls- A conversation with Alberto Lule, Guadalupe Rosales, Phal Sok, & Rojas moderated by richie reseda


Thursday, September 10, 2020

4:00 PM*


Beyond the Walls

Thursday, September 10, 2020 4:00 - 5:30 PM PST

Presented by In Plain Sight in partnership with MOCA, this panel will the relationship between the prison industrial complex and the immigrant detention system, and how the personal and familial experiences of incarceration inform the art and activism of its featured speakers, many of whom participated in the In Plain Sight artist intervention over July 4 weekend.


Richie Reseda

Producer, Abolitionist-Feminist Organizer

Freed from prison in 2018, Richie Reseda is a producer and abolitionist-feminist organizer. He founded Question Culture, a social-impact record label who recently teamed up with JusticeLA, Schools Not Prisons, and Reform LA Jails to produce Defund The Sheriff (The Album) to bring national support to #DefundTheSheriff Campaigns across LA County, invest in alternatives to incarceration, end the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for Sheriff lawsuits, and stop the criminalization and incarceration of Black and brown people. He also founded Success Stories, a transformational feminist program for incarcerated men chronicled in the CNN documentary "The Feminist on Cell Block Y;" and co-founded Initiate Justice, which organizes people directly impacted by mass incarceration to change laws to end it. He works closely with Black Lives Matter, Inspire Justice and more, to transform narratives and upend systems of oppression.


Alberto Lule
Artist and IPS participant

Alberto is currently enrolled as an undergraduate art major at UCLA. He came to identify as an artist while serving a thirteen year sentence in a California prison. About 4 years into his sentence he began to look for ways that would take him out of the prison space mentally. He noticed that a lot of inmates would exercise in the yard, so he began doing that, too. But, what really took him of the prison space was drawing. It was art that made the prison walls disappear. The routine of drawing led to his greater passion for art in general which led to his curiosity and quest for knowledge through reading philosophy, and eventually taking college correspondence courses. Lule’s current artwork focuses on mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex in the United States, particularly the California prison system. Using his own experience of going through the system, he aims to make visible the connections between the prison industrial complex to issues that include immigration, homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health as well as drawing parallels between how other institutions function including educational ones such as the one he’s currently enrolled in. Alberto is active on campus at UCLA he is the co-

chair The Underground Scholars Initiative who is a group of students composed of formerly incarcerated students as well as students that have been impacted directly by the California prison system.

Co-founder of #metoobehindbars, lead plaintiff in Rojas v Brown lawsuit again CDCR, and IPS participant


#MeTooBehindBars is a campaign to expose and end gender-based violence against trans, gender non-conforming, and queer people inside California prisons. The campaign began following a lawsuit was filed against the CDCR by four plaintiffs who, at the time, were incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility. The plaintiffs all identify as transgender, gender non-conforming or queer. The M2BB lawsuit and broader campaign aims to recognize these assaults as part of a larger pattern of excessive force by prison staff targeting gender and sexual deviance, and prisons themselves as a form of gender-based and sexual violence. It also aims to create a platform for currently and formerly incarcerated people to connect and respond to this type of violence.

Phal Sok

Organizer with Youth Justice Coalition LA

Podcast: prison-pipeline/

Phal Sok is an organizer with the Youth Justice Coalition in Los Angeles, CA. The child of Cambodian refugees, Phal was incarcerated for 17 years, only to find himself ensnared in the immigration enforcement system upon his early release. In 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown acknowledged all of his civic engagement efforts, pardoning him and allowing him to remain in his community and help others.

Recently, Phael has helped organize young people in a successful campaign urging the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to establish a strong oversight commission that will hold the probation department accountable to both youth and adults. He is dedicated to transforming the systems that restricted his freedom for most of his adult life. He sees the intersections between his experiences as a Cambodian refugee pushed into the school-to-prison pipeline and all the other communities of color facing both criminalization and deportation.

Guadalupe Rosales

Artist, founder of Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz, and IPS participant


Guadalupe Rosales (b. 1980, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist who received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and was the 2019 recipient of Gordon Parks Foundation fellowship and 2020 USA Artist Award fellow. She is the founder and operator of

Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz, two digital archives accessible through Instagram with over 250k subscribers. Aside from these two digital archives on Instagram, Rosales runs and preserves a physical archive containing vernacular photographs, flyers, magazines and other types of ephemera of the 1990’s connected to Latinx youth culture in Southern California and goes as far as the 1940's. Guided by an instinct to create counter-narratives, Rosales tells the stories of communities often underrepresented in public record and official memory. By preserving artifacts and memorabilia, Rosales’ reframes marginalized histories, offering platforms of self-representation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Aperture Foundation, The Vincent Price Art Museum, Commonwealth and Council, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Spazio Maiocchi, the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, and others. She has lectured at numerous museums and institutions, including UCLA, MoCA (Los Angeles), the Getty Museum, the New Museum, NYU, and Yale. Rosales’s work has been featured by the New Yorker, the LA Times, the NY Times, ArtNews, Artsy, and Artforum.

*all times in local time