September 30: Christopher Sims Presents Photographs, Artist’s Talk at UNC-Chapel Hill

Diving platform, Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 2006. From Guantánamo Bay. 11” x 16.5” archival pigment print. Courtesy of Ann Stewart Fine Art, Chapel Hill, NC.

Diving platform, Naval Station, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 2006. From Guantánamo Bay. 11” x 16.5” archival pigment print. Courtesy of Ann Stewart Fine Art, Chapel Hill, NC.

Two exhibits by CDS director of undergraduate education, photographer Christopher Sims, will be on view on UNC–Chapel Hill’s campus from September 30, 2015, into early 2016. A reception and artist’s talk will be held on the opening evening, celebrating the dual exhibitions.

Guantánamo Bay and The Library at Camp Delta
Reception and Artist’s Talk
Wednesday, September 30, 5 p.m. 

UNC–Chapel Hill, Davis Library
208 Raleigh St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Both exhibitions are the result of Sims’ work at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, where military restrictions make it impractical to photograph people. One set of photographs is about the built environment on and around the camp generally (read Sims’ Guantánamo Bay project statement), and the other is specifically about the prisoners’ library, which houses some eighteen thousand volumes in more than a dozen languages. “The library reminds us that the prisoners in Camp Delta are more than the details about their backgrounds that have appeared—redacted—in reports about judicial hearings at the base,” writes Sims. “They have hours every day that need to be filled by some balance of study, prayer, diversion, and contemplation. And the prisoners, like us, are readers.”

At the September 30 event, a reception and exhibit viewing event on the first floor gallery of Davis Library at 5 p.m. will be followed by an artist’s talk at the second floor research hub at 5:45 p.m. 

Sims’ exhibitions are organized by Ann Stewart Fine Art, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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