The Justice Conversation is an ongoing project intended to build a running collection of current events, articles, comments, art and other demonstrations of the way we as a society presently act on our different understandings of the meaning of the word “justice.” Viewers are invited to share comments and post articles and other material related to the subject. The current project can be found on facebook. Please browse and join in.
The first iteration of The Conversation was begun in April of 2016 in an art exhibition by Kim Vanderheiden at Contra Costa College, entitled “Working from the Torn Things.” It was the third exhibition of work in which the artist explored how the expectation and meaning of justice has changed through history from the time of Magna Carta to the present. The artist then created work looking forward, suggesting a further development of justice away from being fear based, focused on punishment and retribution, towards being love based, focused on accountability and restoration.
At the exhibit the artist placed a box with a slit in the top and paper and pencils, inviting visitors to contribute their own thoughts on justice. These were then posted on a web page online. This earlier version of the Justice conversation can be seen here: http://www.kimvanderheiden.com/justice-conversation/