The Art Of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

Curious as to what sort of art one makes when experiencing sensory deprivation halfway around the world? Since the beginning of the Obama presidency, inmates at Guantanamo Bay have been given art classes as a reward for good behavior. The BBC has a sampling of their works, many of which touch on themes of isolation or fantasies of home:

Although the prisoners can’t see the sea from the jail — which is located just a few meters away from the coast — nor the Caribbean vegetation that surrounds Guantanamo, many of their works depict islands with palm trees. Others recall their villages or meals reminiscent of home.

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36 Comments on "The Art Of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners"

  1. Krobertson1270 | Jul 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm |

    saw this on colbert last night made me laugh

  2. Krobertson1270 | Jul 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm |

    saw this on colbert last night made me laugh

  3. Krobertson1270 | Jul 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm |

    saw this on colbert last night made me laugh

  4. Let’s sell it to help pay down the national debt! 

  5. Let’s sell it to help pay down the national debt! 

  6. Anonymous | Jul 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm |

    thinking of all those 14 yr old kids/70 yr old men who were handed over, not because they did something wrong, but because of reward money…and then seeing this. it’s quite telling really…..

  7. Jin The Ninja | Jul 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm |

    thinking of all those 14 yr old kids/70 yr old men who were handed over, not because they did something wrong, but because of reward money…and then seeing this. it’s quite telling really…..

    • It’s not like everyone in there is innocent (I’m not certain how many are innocent, but it’s certainly not all of them if any). Even serial killers can do fancy art behind bars. Better that then what they’d do on the outside.

      • Jin The Ninja | Jul 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm |

        SF, reread what i wrote- i SPECIFICALLY referred to those kids and old men who were picked up
        because of the financial incentive of reporting your neighbor for crimes against America. Not to mention Gitmo is illegal in every sense of the word, so whatever the reason for imprisonment there is no reason they should be held in illegal torturous conditions.

        http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7092435.ece

        the sunday times, by no means a progressive bastion.

        you may be able to reconcile innocent 12 yr olds in an illegal jail, but i simply cannot.

        • There aren’t any 12 year olds there. The youngest ever there was 15 when he was originally arrested and brought in nearly 10 years ago, and he was the son of a senior Al-Qaeda leader and was brainwashed by his father, but dangerous nonetheless. Somehow, I’m not exactly concerned when plenty of other groups have used 14 year old (and younger) suicide bombers before.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jul 17, 2011 at 9:20 am |

            You didn’t click the link…..

            and read what Hadrian said afterwards.

          • I read it, but it is in fact mistaken that 12 year olds were ever there according to the watchdog groups who are concerned for the “children” of Guantanamo and research done by the public which has revealed that this is not the case. The article you linked is not even about that but states it offhandedly.

            There have only ever been 15 kids imprisoned and the youngest was 15 at the time according to wikileaks: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/waronterror/guantanamos-children-the-wikileaked-testimonies/ It seems like others can’t make up their mind and say 14 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/25/guantanamo-files-children-old-men

            Interestingly enough, one of the 15 year old prisoners killed a US soldier with a grenade, but hey, boys will be boys.

          • Hadrian999 | Jul 18, 2011 at 8:04 am |

            killing foreign invaders is a crime? seems like normal conduct in a war?

          • Jin The Ninja | Jul 18, 2011 at 9:14 am |

            And tell me SF, is the US justified in it’s quest for economic and military imperialism of a sovereign nation?

    • Hadrian999 | Jul 17, 2011 at 1:53 am |

      as someone who used to do the rounding up I can attest to the total injustice of it, in iraq people would use the system to get revenge for past grievances, don’t like a guy inform on him, owe him money inform on him, want to raid his homestead after all the males get hauled off inform on him, there was so much god damned bullshit and corruption involved in the process i would be surprised if 1 in 10 were actual terrorists.

  8. Gee, I wonder what kind of art Bush & Cheney would make from their jail cells, Guess we’ll never know.

  9. BuzzCoastin | Jul 16, 2011 at 1:36 am |

    Gee, I wonder what kind of art Bush & Cheney would make from their jail cells, Guess we’ll never know.

  10. The Murderer Of Faggots! | Jul 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |

    Your all fucking faggots that like a cock in the ass!

  11. The Murderer Of Faggots! | Jul 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |

    Your all fucking faggots that like a cock in the ass!

  12. Anonymous | Jul 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm |

    Hardship can help to produce some amazing and passionate works. I only hope Guantanamo produces more than just anger and despair. The samples above prove that this is possible.

  13. GoodDoktorBad | Jul 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm |

    Hardship can help to produce some amazing and passionate works. I only hope Guantanamo produces more than just anger and despair. The samples above prove that this is possible.

  14. The Master Works of literally Tortured Artists.

  15. jasonpaulhayes | Jul 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |

    The Master Works of literally Tortured Artists.

  16. Anonymous | Jul 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm |

    It’s not like everyone in there is innocent (I’m not certain how many are innocent, but it’s certainly not all of them if any). Even serial killers can do fancy art behind bars. Better that then what they’d do on the outside.

  17. Anonymous | Jul 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm |

    SF, reread what i wrote- i SPECIFICALLY referred to those kids and old men who were picked up
    because of the financial incentive of reporting your neighbor for crimes against America. Not to mention Gitmo is illegal in every sense of the word, so whatever the reason for imprisonment there is no reason they should be held in illegal torturous conditions.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7092435.ece

    the sunday times, by no means a progressive bastion.

    you may be able to reconcile innocent 12 yr olds in an illegal jail, but i simply cannot.

  18. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz | Jul 17, 2011 at 5:05 am |

    Is this supposed to make the creepy American Inquisition somehow better?

  19. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz | Jul 17, 2011 at 1:05 am |

    Is this supposed to make the creepy American Inquisition somehow better?

  20. Hadrian999 | Jul 17, 2011 at 5:53 am |

    as someone who used to do the rounding up I can attest to the total injustice of it, in iraq people would use the system to get revenge for past grievances, don’t like a guy inform on him, owe him money inform on him, want to raid his homestead after all the males get hauled off inform on him, there was so much god damned bullshit and corruption involved in the process i would be surprised if 1 in 10 were actual terrorists.

  21. Hadrian999 | Jul 17, 2011 at 5:53 am |

    as someone who used to do the rounding up I can attest to the total injustice of it, in iraq people would use the system to get revenge for past grievances, don’t like a guy inform on him, owe him money inform on him, want to raid his homestead after all the males get hauled off inform on him, there was so much god damned bullshit and corruption involved in the process i would be surprised if 1 in 10 were actual terrorists.

  22. Hadrian999 | Jul 17, 2011 at 5:53 am |

    as someone who used to do the rounding up I can attest to the total injustice of it, in iraq people would use the system to get revenge for past grievances, don’t like a guy inform on him, owe him money inform on him, want to raid his homestead after all the males get hauled off inform on him, there was so much god damned bullshit and corruption involved in the process i would be surprised if 1 in 10 were actual terrorists.

  23. Hadrian999 | Jul 17, 2011 at 5:53 am |

    as someone who used to do the rounding up I can attest to the total injustice of it, in iraq people would use the system to get revenge for past grievances, don’t like a guy inform on him, owe him money inform on him, want to raid his homestead after all the males get hauled off inform on him, there was so much god damned bullshit and corruption involved in the process i would be surprised if 1 in 10 were actual terrorists.

  24. Anonymous | Jul 17, 2011 at 10:51 am |

    There aren’t any 12 year olds there. The youngest ever there was 15 when he was originally arrested and brought in nearly 10 years ago, and he was the son of a senior Al-Qaeda leader and was brainwashed by his father, but dangerous nonetheless. Somehow, I’m not exactly concerned when plenty of other groups have used 14 year old (and younger) suicide bombers before.

  25. Anonymous | Jul 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

    You didn’t click the link…..

    and read what Hadrian said afterwards.

  26. Anonymous | Jul 18, 2011 at 11:13 am |

    I read it, but it is in fact mistaken that 12 year olds were ever there according to the watchdog groups who are concerned for the “children” of Guantanamo and research done by the public which has revealed that this is not the case. The article you linked is not even about that but states it offhandedly.

    There have only ever been 15 kids imprisoned and the youngest was 15 at the time according to wikileaks: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/waronterror/guantanamos-children-the-wikileaked-testimonies/ It seems like others can’t make up their mind and say 14 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/25/guantanamo-files-children-old-men

    Interestingly enough, one of the 15 year old prisoners killed a US soldier with a grenade, but hey, boys will be boys.

  27. Hadrian999 | Jul 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm |

    killing foreign invaders is a crime? seems like normal conduct in a war?

  28. Anonymous | Jul 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |

    And tell me SF, is the US justified in it’s quest for economic and military imperialism of a sovereign nation?

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