Herman's House Analysis

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The Social Function of Art
The film Herman’s House is a feature documentary that witnesses the unlikely but precious 12-year friendship between Jackie Sumell, a New York artist, and Herman Joshua Wallace, the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States. Herman was accused of murdering a prison guard and thrown into solitary confinement. Many people believed that Herman was wrongfully convicted, but their appeals to release him failed. The purpose of the Herman’s House project in not only to help Herman fulfill his dream but also to appeal to the public to concern on the solitary confinement issue. During the process of the project, Jackie let more and more people, such as the exhibition viewers, the prison architects