Innovation and Impact: Past Participants

Mary Okoth


Mary Okoth double-majored in Studio Art and Art History, in addition to competing for both the Swimming & Diving and Track & Field teams. Originally from Reston, Virginia, Mary is currently based in New Orleans, Louisiana where she works as an artist and activist. Mary's artwork integrates installation, video, and sound in an effort to document the presence of people who have been disappeared and lend a voice to people who have been silenced. Mary finds many parallels between Louisiana’s criminal justice system and her own family’s memory of life during Idi Amin’s regime in Uganda; terefore, she advocates for prison abolition through her work at Solitary Gardens, a collaboration between prisoners enduring the torture of solitary confinement and community volunteers in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

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