Debi Cornwall: Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay
OPENING RESCHEDULED to November 2021
Public opinion of the current situation is largely based on vague ideas, and in the light of an increasing number of terror attacks in Europe, critics seem to have fallen silent.
‘Welcome to Camp America’ presents photos by American photographer and former civil rights lawyer Debi Cornwall (*1973). She explores the personal experience at ‘Gitmo’ from different vantage points, including the perspective of prisoners, guards and former inmates who have been released and where brought home or deported to a third-party country.
In her conceptual-documental photographs, Debi Cornwall investigates this extreme situation of human existence, merging empathy with systemic criticism. Her pictures avoid stereotypic views and enable the observer to actively engage with the complex story, the nuanced truth and the discrepancies of this special place, and to ponder the universal questions of justice, individual rights, security and humanity.
After a twelve-year long career as civil rights lawyer, Debi Cornwall went back to photography and art in 2014. Basing her work on extensive research, she uses photography, video, archival material and contemporary witness reports to create installations of both empathy and criticism. The exhibition in Ulm will be her first in Germany. Cooperation with photography museums in Charleroi/Belgium are already agreed on or planned (Netherlands).
Project management: Daniela Baumann