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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  • Krobertson1270

    saw this on colbert last night made me laugh

  • Krobertson1270

    saw this on colbert last night made me laugh

  • Krobertson1270

    saw this on colbert last night made me laugh

  • blabla

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

  • blabla

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

  • Jin The Ninja

    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…..

    • SF2K01

      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

        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.

        • SF2K01

          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

            You didn’t click the link…..

            and read what Hadrian said afterwards.

          • SF2K01

            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

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

          • Jin The Ninja

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

    • Hadrian999

      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.

  • Anonymous

    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…..

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

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

  • BuzzCoastin

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

  • The Murderer Of Faggots!

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

  • The Murderer Of Faggots!

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    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.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    The Master Works of literally Tortured Artists.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    The Master Works of literally Tortured Artists.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

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

  • ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

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

  • Hadrian999

    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.

  • Hadrian999

    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.

  • Hadrian999

    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.

  • Hadrian999

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    You didn’t click the link…..

    and read what Hadrian said afterwards.

  • Anonymous

    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

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

  • Anonymous

    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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