Welcome to Camp America Exhibition January 11, 2018 marks the 16th anniversary of the opening of the first “War on Terror” prison at the United States Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (known as “Gitmo” after its military call letters, GTMO). Conceptual documentary artist and former civil rights lawyer Debi Cornwall’s exhibition, Welcome to Camp America, plumbs the familiar in this state of exception, marrying empathy and dark humor with systemic critique. The U.S. solo exhibition of the completed body of work debuts on 26 October at Steven Kasher Gallery (NYC), and remains on view through 22 December. This exhibition investigates at the human experience of Gitmo for both prisoners and guards, through their residential and leisure spaces (Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play series), and gift-shop souvenirs (Gitmo on Sale series). In the 15 years since its prisons opened, Gitmo has housed 780 "detainees." The vast majority have been cleared and released, returning home or transferred to third countries. In the Beyond Gitmo series, Cornwall collaborates with 14 former prisoners in nine countries, from Albania to Qatar, plus a former guard, to make environmental portraits replicating, in the free world, the military’s “no faces” rule. In finding common ground between guards and prisoners, military and civilian, left and right, Camp America offers a new discourse about the “War on Terror,” provoking new questions about American-ness and civil society across the global West. You can support future exhibitions with a tax-deductible contribution here via fiscal sponsor, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). The companion book, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay (Radius 2017), with unique design, text in English and Arabic, and essays by British releasee Moazzam Begg, Fred Ritchin, and Cornwall, is available for display, along with gift-shop souvenirs, vintage postcards, and once-classified government documents. Programming: This work addresses not only Guantánamo itself, but also larger themes of justice, rights, security and humanity that apply equally in the United States, Europe, and around the world in the post-9/11 era. Educational programming may be scheduled in collaboration with the artist, who draws on her background as a civil rights lawyer and trained mediator to engage local audiences. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a PDF of the exhibition description and checklist. In 2017, the completed solo exhibition has been shown at the BMW Photo Space of the GoEun Museum of Photography (Korea) and the Centre de la Photographie Genève (Switzerland). It is packaged for shipping to the next European venue. Installation view, Centre de la Photographie Genève (2017) Installation view, Lianzhou Foto Festival (2016).