John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage
Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo
September 14 - October 19, 2017
This exhibition of photographs by Debi Cornwall includes environmental portraits of 14 former Guantánamo captives now living in 9 countries, from Albania to Qatar. Each image replicates, in the free world, the military’s “no faces” rule, commenting on alienation of indefinite detention and how these men will remain forever marked by Guantánamo.
About the Artist
Debi Cornwall (Brown ’95, Harvard Law School ’00) is a conceptual documentary artist who returned to visual expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a civil rights lawyer. Her work interrogates American power, marrying empathy and dark humor with systemic critique. Informed by her experience representing innocent DNA exonerees, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay (Radius Books 2017) offers a vivid and disorienting perspective on Guantánamo Bay and the global diaspora of men once held there, after they have been cleared and freed. The subject of one-woman exhibitions in China, Switzerland, and South Korea, Camp America is shown at the Public Humanities Center’s Carriage House Gallery, 357 Benefit Street (entrance on 50 Williams St). Gallery hours: M-F 10am-4pm.