Djamel Ameziane, a refugee from Algeria, was detained in Guantánamo Bay from 2002 until 2013. He created most of his artwork between March 2009 and June 2011 as he waited out the five years from when he was cleared for release in 2008 and when he was finally transferred to Algeria in 2013.
In February 2010, he told his lawyers “I overcame the conditions of imprisonment during all these past years by always maintaining hope that one day I would be freed, because I am innocent…The past years were all the worst moments. I would describe them as a boat out at sea, battered by successive storms during its trip towards an unknown destination, benefiting only from very short periods of respite between two storms. These respites were the best moments.”