Djamel Ameziane, Shipwreck, 2011, watercolor
Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo Bay
President’s Gallery, John Jay College for Criminal Justice
860 Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
On view: October 2, 2017 - January 26, 2018
An art exhibition at John Jay College, on view since early October, has recently provoked new policies for artworks created by detainees at Guantanamo Bay. According to reports, the Pentagon and the Department of Defense have stated that all art created by detainees will become the property of the US government, that it may no longer be removed from the prison even upon a detainee’s release. Initially, it was suggested that the art would be incinerated, but the Pentagon has seemingly changed its tune, presumably after receiving push-back, and it may "archive" the art instead. The National Coalition Against Censorship has issued a statement that condemns the new policy, identifying it as a violation of the public’s right to" fully participate in the political conversation around Guantanamo".
Freemuse has issued their own statement here.
Read and sign the petition here.
Previous newsgrist coverage of Gitmo:
February 23, 2007
Guantánamo Mon Amour
June 12, 2006
Death In Gitmo
Muhammed Ansi, Untitled (Hands Holding Flowers Through Bars), 2016, paper, pigment