Remaking the Exceptional allows us to feel the furious joy that emanates from those who have saved their own lives with activism and art.
Art by Guantánamo Detainees Can Now Be Released
The US government has lifted a Trump-era ban that kept formerly imprisoned people from accessing their works.
Guantánamo Detainees Ask Biden to Free Their Art
Eight former and current detainees are petitioning the president to end a Trump-era restriction that bars artwork from leaving the military prison.
Amnesty Launches Contest for Artists to Demand Closure of Gitmo Detention Camp
Despite international condemnation, and the promises of US Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden to shut down the facility, the detention camp continues to operate.
Inside Guantanamo Bay: A Photographer Documents America’s Most Heavily Guarded Prison
Debi Cornwall offers a vivid and unsettling glimpse of the infamous US detention center in her book Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantanamo Bay.
Guantánamo Lawyer Discusses Detainees’ Rights to Their Art
Lawyers representing Guantánamo detainees say the detention center’s art program is beneficial to everyone and should be reinstated.
US Decides Guantánamo Prisoners Do Not Own the Art They Create
Critics say the change in policy further dehumanizes prisoners, who have been at the center of international controversy since the Guantánamo facility was opened.
An Exhibition Brings Us Face to Face with the War on Terror
LONDON — Outside The Mosaic Rooms, a small gallery and cultural center in Kensington, a red and white-striped air sock hangs improbably from the otherwise uniform stone façade.
When Architecture Causes Suffering
The city of Buckeye, Arizona, recently got a glittering new supermax prison.
Peeking into Guantanamo, Through a Detainee’s Art
A spray of leaves from a metal vase is set against a rich blue wall. In the reflection of the vase, we see hints of windows overlooking greenery and the sea: it is a still life that also contains a sunny, beachside landscape. How do we reckon with the knowledge that this was made by a man imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 11 years?
Black-Hooded Protesters Stage Anti-Guantanamo Action at National Museum of American History
On January 11, marking the 12th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, activists from the group Witness Against Torture commandeered the lobby of the National Museum of American History.
Mos Def Joins Artistic Resistance to Gitmo Prison Camp
“There are currently 120 detainees on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay” fades onto the white backdrop in the opening of Yasiin Bey/Mos Def’s widely-circulated video published today on the Guardian. The video, directed by Asif Kapadia, shows Yasiin Bey (described as “better known as Mos Def”) as he voluntarily undergoes the process by which hunger-striking Guantanamo prisoners are force fed with legally-sanctioned brutality.