Permanent Accusation: Art for Human Rights

10 Apr 2019 – 30 Jun 2019

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April 10–June 30, 2019

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Fifteen years ago this April, photographs taken inside the Iraqi prison at Abu Ghraib became public in what amounted to a shocking disclosure of torture perpetrated by United States military intelligence officers against Iraqi detainees. They pictured prisoners stripped naked, hooded, and threatened by dogs, their dehumanization made more ghastly by American guards appearing casually next to them. While several low-level officers were indicted following investigation of the incident, few others in government leadership have been held accountable, despite disturbing photographic evidence of human rights abuses. With these developments in view, this exhibition asks: How can art urge accountability for human rights in ways that the law—linked with state violence—cannot?

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