Guantanamo - Take A Holiday!
September 10, 2009 18:00Tagged as: anti-militarism detention free_spaces guantanamo repression social_struggles solidarity
31 Commercial Road
Nearest tube: Aldgate (East)
6pm - 9pm
Installation / Performance
The gallery will be transformed into a travel agency offering journeys to places where human rights take a holiday. Featuring water boarding device, real muslims chained to the railings, convincing sales persons, and much more.
In the midst of the summer, we are enjoying the freedom of movement, travelling abroad, enjoying sunshine and leisure activities. This freedom is not enjoyed by political prisoners all over the world, who are held in breach of human rights and tortured.
Both the attacks in New York in September 2001 and the subsequent invasion of large parts of central Asia have also been media events, set in scene as a world wide spectacle. Little has changed: neither has the collapse of the World Trade Centre been investigated, nor has the detention centre in Guantanamo Bay been closed. Despite promises made in the last US election, the practise of illegal retention, secret prisons and torture has not been ended.
Overseas holidays are brining hard currency to countries that violate human rights. Little do we care for what is happening in prisons just next to where we enjoy our relaxation. This special group show at NO:ID gallery aims to recall how close the luxury of holidays, and the mistreatment of often innocent prisoners are.
Exhibition runs 6pm - 9m Daily until Sunday
Alternative Gallery on Commercial Road