Galerie Fotoland proudly presents Cheryl Hanna Truscott and her series “Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery”
Cheryl Hanna-Truscott worked as a nurse-midwife before being recruited to perform medical evaluations of children who were victims of abuse. She has worked in Haiti, China, and the United States helping women and children. Working in a pediatric abuse clinic put her face-to-face with childhoods that were traumatized by domestic violence, addictions, neglect, and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. These experiences helped her to comprehend these incredibly intimate moments and be able to showcase them so that all of those emotions come through into her photographs.
Protective Custody is a portrait series about pregnant inmates entering the Washington Corrections Center for Women who qualify for a prison nursery program. After giving birth, the mothers maintain custody of the babies while serving relatively short prison sentences. Healthy maternal-infant attachment is promoted during this critical time in a protective, supportive, and safe environment.
The exhibition runs into early January.
Amber ( 8 Months Pregnant)
Csenya and Lane (11 months old)
Washington Corrections Center for Women Minimum Security Yard