Welcome to Camp America Exhibition Welcome to Camp America debuted as a solo exhibition at the Centre de la Photographie Genève (Switzerland) on March 16, 2017, and is on view through May 14. Thereafter the exhibition is available to travel in Europe and the United States, along with the photo book, which will be launched by Radius Books on September 1. As images from the most recent chapter, Beyond Gitmo, are embargoed until the book launch, the CPG installation video is password protected for now, and images within the installation views page omit photographs of all but one released man. Please contact me to receive the password. Installation view, Centre de la Photographie Genève (2017) An installation video from the solo exhibition at the Lianzhou Foto Festival, which did not include the final chapter of work, can be viewed below. Installation view, Lianzhou Foto Festival (2016) Description: This exhibition uses vivid, unexpected images to invite audiences to look anew at a subject many have stopped seeing. In finding common ground between guards and prisoners, military and civilian, left and right, it offers a new discourse about Guantánamo Bay, provoking new questions about American-ness—and civil society across the global West—while focusing, with empathy and dark humor, on our common humanity. What does daily life look like in a place where nobody has chosen to live, and where photographs of faces are forbidden? Former civil rights attorney and conceptual documentary photographer Debi Cornwall’s exhibition, Welcome to Camp America, offers an unprecedented view of a mysterious and forbidden American site: the U.S. Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (known as “Gitmo”). After a long history as a vacation spot for sailors on leave, following September 11, Gitmo was repurposed as a detention center for “War on Terror” suspects, under military control. This exhibition looks at the human experience of Gitmo for both prisoners and guards, through vivid, unexpected color photographs of their residential and leisure spaces (Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play series), and gift-shop souvenirs (Gitmo on Sale series). In the 15 years since its prisons opened, Gitmo has housed 780 "detainees." The vast majority have been cleared and released, returning home or transferred to third countries. How does it feel to re-enter society after years held at Gitmo? To build a life in a foreign country where you may not speak the language? In the Beyond Gitmo series, environmental portraits of 14 men, from Albania to Qatar, plus a former guard, engage viewers with these questions by replicating, in the free world, the military’s “no faces” rule. Without the environmental portraits of released men, smaller-scale exhibitions of this work have been lauded by audiences and juries, most recently winning the top jury prize, the Punctum Award, at China's 2016 Lianzhou Foto Festival. Programming: This work is both timely and timeless, addressing not only Guantánamo itself, but also larger themes of justice, rights, security and humanity that apply equally in the United States as in Europe. January 11, 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the prisons’ opening, as global political changes take effect. The artist, drawing on her background as a civil rights lawyer and trained mediator, looks forward to working with curators to plan workshops, lectures and panels to engage local audiences around the issues raised by the exhibition. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a PDF of the exhibition description and checklist.