Guantánamo Public Memory Project

GPMP Traveling Exhibit Opening at University of California, Riverside on June 1, 2013

UCR ARTSblock presents “Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag”, on view at the California Museum of Photography from June 1 through September 7, 2013.


The California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA will host “Geographies of Detention” beginning June 1, 2013.


Presented on two floors of the California Museum of Photography, “Geographies of Detention” offers a nuanced investigation into incarceration and its architectures. One portion of the exhibition highlights work by artists Sandow Birk, Alyse Emdur, and Richard Ross, each of whom explores different aspects of imprisonment. “Geographies of Detention” also includes the traveling exhibit the “Guantánamo Public Memory Project,” an examination of the over 100-year history of the US naval station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The “Guantánamo Public Memory Project” combines historical and contemporary photography, film, and first-person audio interviews to examine how the naval base has been “closed” and reopened for more than a century leading up to the attacks on September 11, 2001. These new perspectives on Guantánamo’s history as a “legal black hole” provoke discussions about the limits of democracy and the meaning of mass incarceration in a global present and future. Collaboratively curated by eleven universities (including UCR), the “Guantánamo Public Memory Project” is comprised of a deeply researched traveling exhibit, as well as a website, blog, and ongoing public conversation. The panel produced by graduate students in UCR’s Public History Program examines Guantánamo as an international symbol of America’s War on Terror and a lightning rod for debates about torture, detention, national security, and human rights.

For a complete description of the exhibition, please click here.



Creative: Picture Projects & Tronvig Group