Lecture: “Guantánamo Bay Photo Archive: 2006-2010” with Christopher Sims (Duke)

Join us as Sims discusses his documentary photography project at the Guantanamo Naval Base. This talk is held as part of the exhibition Witness to Guantanamo at the Power Plant Gallery. Drawing on the Witness to Guantanamo Video Collection in the Human Rights Archive at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, this exhibit foregrounds the voices of the individuals whose lives were forever changed by their experience. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba became the site of the detention center for suspected al Qaeda and Taliban operatives. These first-hand testimonies reveal the physical, emotional, and political scars inflicted by Guantanamo and underscore how the treatment of detainees and the extra-legal procedures deployed at Guantanamo hobbled rather than enabled the rule of law and the quest for truth and justice.

Christopher Sims is an Associate Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Undergraduate Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Support for the project by Sims was provided by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Carceral Imaginary Working Group at the Franklin Humanities Institute.

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Exhibit Cosponsors: Duke Human Rights Center @FHI, The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment, Duke Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Law International Human Rights Clinic, Duke Middle East Studies Center, Duke Islamic Studies Center.

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