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Guantanamo Exhibit at International Civil Rights Center and Museum Features Photographs by CDS Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims

Interrogation Room, Camp Delta. Photograph by Christopher Sims.

Interrogation Room, Camp Delta. Photograph by Christopher Sims.

As part of its tour of twelve venues, the first exhibition curated by the Guantánamo Public Memory Project will be opening in North Carolina on December 12 at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro. The exhibition and accompanying website feature photographs by Center for Documentary Studies Lecturing Fellow Christopher Sims, who traveled to the naval station to conduct fieldwork in 2006 and 2010. (Guantánamo Public Memory Project Director Liz Ševčenko also recently highlighted Sims’s photographs from GTMO in the online gallery “Forgetting Guantánamo, Again,” published by the Design Observer Group.)

Exhibit visitors will encounter rich personal stories, learn how the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay has impacted individual lives, and explore how American foreign policy has shaped the base for more than a century. Visitors will also get to add their own voices to the GTMO debate by submitting their opinions via text messaging. Inspired by their work with this national project, UNC-Greensboro graduate students have created a set of public programs to extend its reach. Entitled “GTMO & GSO,” these programs include a cultural event series, children’s story hours, and exhibit supplements that highlight local resonances with the GTMO story.

“GTMO & GSO” is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the UNCG Department of History. The exhibition closes in Greensboro on February 1, 2014.

Additional venues for the exhibition:

Kimmel Windows Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
December 13 2012—February 10, 2013

Douglas Library, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
February 18—March 29, 2013

Cultural Arts Gallery, Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
April 8—May 12, 2013

California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
June 1—August 10, 2013

Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
September 11—October 9, 2013

Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, AZ
October 16—November 29, 2013

NYU London, London, England
October 18—25, 2013

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN
February 11—March 16, 2014

T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, Pensacola, FL
April—May 2014

Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, FL
August 15—September 30, 2014

University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, Providence, RI
September 1—25, 2014

Tulane University/Ashe Cultural Center, New Orleans, LA
Fall 2014

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