Curators: Erin Thompson, Paige Laino, and Charles Shields

Detainees at the United States military prison camp known as Guantánamo Bay have made art from the time they arrived. The exhibit displayed some of these evocative works, made by eight men: four who have since been cleared and released from Guantánamo, and four who remain there. They paint the sea again and again although they cannot reach it. 

Read the catalog here, including contributions by Trevor Paglen, Solmaz Sharif, Natasha Trethewey, Jericho Brown, and current and former detainees. To order a print copy, email

The exhibit received widespread press coverage, including in the New York Times, New YorkerParis ReviewCBS Sunday Morning, PBS NewsHourComedy Central, Deutsche WelleLa Repubblica, Miami HeraldAl Jazeera, NPRPRI, BBC World ServiceThe Nation, and The Guardian.

Special thanks to the Center for Constitutional RightsReprieve US, Alka Pradhan of the Military Commissions Defense Organization, Beth Jacob, Suprita Datta, Gail Rothschild, Ran KampelJulian A. Jimarez Howard, Melaney Portillo, and Amanda King.

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