Purgatorio – Living with a Prosecutable Disease​

Purgatorio – Living with a Prosecutable Disease

American Reportage member Adria Malcolm is producing a long term project exploring the ineffectiveness of criminalizing addiction. The piece aims to create conversation amongst politicians, jail administrators, and healthcare workers about how people suffering from substance use disorders are treated within the penal system and our society, and the abject impact this dynamic has on the individual and the whole system.

In 2014, 21.5 million American adults, 1.3 million teens, and 867,000 adolescents suffered from substance use disorders. The disorders are characterized as “chronic relapsing psychiatric disorders characterized by the compulsive and dyscontrolled use of a drug or activity” by the National Institutes of Health. Only 10.9% of those who required speciality treatment for the disorder actually received it while 1.5 million people were arrested for drug possession in 2013.

Substance use disorders coupled with high rates of incarceration has created a public health and policy priority. The repercussions extend to families, society, and economic well-being. Adria Malcolm seeks to continue her in-depth exploration of the topic through photographic stills in an ongoing body of work looking intimately at the lives of individuals who have dealt with substance use disorders within the penal system.

The print sale below will run through August 10th to generate revenue that will be used for expenses such as transportation cost, vehicle maintenance, food, and accommodations for her continued efforts on the topic.

Support this Project

The prints offered below are from past work by Adria Malcolm. All proceeds from the sales directly benefit her project, “Purgatorio – Living with a Prosecutable Disease.”

Available in 8×10, 11×14 and 16×20 sizes and printed on Kodak Endura Professional Paper, the prints are unframed and unsigned open editions that will be shipped to you directly from the photo lab.

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Matachines in Alcalde, New Mexico – December 2017
(Available in 11x14 and 16x20)
Santa Rosa, New Mexico – June 2013
(Available in 11x14 and 16x20)
Undocumented Migrant – March 2017
(Available in 11x14 and 16x20)
Santa Rosa, New Mexico – January 2014
(Available in 11x14 and 16x20)
Santa Rosa, New Mexico – March 2015
(Available in 11x14 and 16x20)
Santa Rosa, New Mexico – July 2016
(Available in 11x14 and 16x20)
Austin, Texas – March 2018
(Available in 8x10)
Holly Holm fighting Angela Hayes – December 2013
(Available in 11x14 and 16x20)
Manhattan – October 2017
(Available in 8x10)
The A train – June 2017
(Available in 8x10)
Far Rockaway – June 2017
(Available in 8x10)
The L Train – June 2017
(Available in 8x10)