Captivated: The Art of the Interned


On Monday June 16, the human rights organization Cageprisoners and Together, a charity that supports people with mental health needs, are launching an exhibition devoted to works of art created by prisoners in the UK who are imprisoned without charge or trial as part of Britain’s shameful contribution to the post-9/11 flight from domestic and international law driven by the United States.

Featuring works produced by men held under draconian control orders, which amount to virtual house arrest, and others facing deportation or extradition through unprincipled abrogations from internationally-binding treaties preventing the return of foreign nationals to countries where they face the risk of torture, Captivated: The Art of the Interned brings to life the people held in Britain’s versions of Guantánamo, and shines a light on the shadowy processes intended to dehumanize them.

Captivated: The Art of the Interned

The exhibition runs from Monday June 16 to Friday July 4 at Together, 12 Old Street, London EC1V 9BE. Daily opening times are from 9 am to 5 pm. Space on the opening night is limited, so please email or phone 07973 264197 to reserve a place. Speakers on the opening night include former Guantánamo prisoner Moazzam Begg, human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, and former UK control order prisoner Cerie Bullivant, whose story was discussed here.

For other articles relating to Britain’s anti-terror laws, click here.

Andy is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed, and see here for my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009.

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