Art Uncovered - Guantanamo Bay: If The Light Goes Out

Premiere DateDec 4, 2012
00:00 Intro
01:50 Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out
04:10 Evil Is Coming Broadcast
04:23 Photos of Detainee Homes
06:55 Goodbye Y.A.C.H.T.
07:27 Force Feeding and Arrows to Mecca
09:48 Hiding Your Present From You Arthur Russell
10:13 The American Side of Guantanamo
13:17 Birds Electrelane
13:39 Evoking Disorientation
17:27 Crash Folk Implosion
17:47 Taking Photos in Guantanamo Bay
21:25 Neck Escaper No Age
21:58 Letters to Omar
24:37 The Stakeout Sun Araw
25:10 Edmund Clark: No Agenda
29:09 Finish

Camps IV – Camp 6, Mobile force-feeding chair

Photographer Edmund Clark’s project Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out looks at spaces and objects that tell the ongoing story of confinement and dehumanization at the American prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Clark photographed the homes of released detainees in the UK and travelled to Guantanamo Bay where he was granted access to the prison camp and the American base where soldiers and interrogators live. The project also includes a body of work called Letters to Omar, a collection of correspondence sent to a detainee named Omar Deghayes while he was imprisoned in Guantanamo. The letters — all of which have been scanned, redacted, cataloged and stamped — illustrate the extreme levels of control exerted over every aspect of prisoners’ lives.  A selection of work from Clark’s project is on view now at Flowers Gallery in New York through January 12th. A monograph of the entire project is available through Dewi Lewis Publishing.

Prison Camp Hospital, display of the product and tube used for force feeding

Camp 4, arrow pointing to Mecca and ankle shackle ring


Naval Base, Galley (canteen)

Camp 1, exercise cage


Original, hand-censored letter to detainee Moazzam Begg from his daughter



Camp X-Ray, interrogation huts

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