Answers Without Words is the outcome of a dialogue between Artists in Residence at Columbia River Creative Initiatives and photographers from all over the world. The artists at CRCI and photographers on the outside sent questions back and forth and answered those questions using only photographs. While some of the photographs were created in countries all over the world – chosen by the CRCI artists as places they were curious about, others were composed in the very restricted and limited surroundings of the prison classroom.
The project culminated in two exhibitions, one inside the prison and one in the publicly accessible community gallery space, Cascade Paragon Gallery in North East Portland. The second exhibition also included public events that involved contributions by some of the graduated Resident Artists. You can find and extended press article on the project here and buy the catalogue of the project here.