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prison camp as art and protest

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Camp X-ray is a detainee camp holding primarily Muslim prisoners from Afghanistan, Canada, and Britain.  For the last week in Hulme, Manchester, there was an art installation protesting the way that these prisoners in Guatanamo Bay are treated.  In an abandoned field, the artists involved recreated Camp X-ray, complete with volunteer detainees from the local community, machine guns (fake ones, I'm assuming), guards, holding cells, and barbed wire fences.  Its quite an interesting fly-on-the-wall experience to be riding by on the 86 bus and overhear people's reactions to this display of political commentary on their way to work.  The Guardian reports on the event: This is performance art with a mission to dump state terrorism on the doorsteps of the inner city. It is meant to shock.

Manchester Camp X-Ray 3Manchester Camp X-Ray 1

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I think that this is a very effective form of art-as-protest.10/18/2003 9:55:38 AM
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Is anyone aware of other art-as-protest pieces or events? I immediately think of the giant street puppets at the anti-globalization protests I've attended, and the extreme example of Buddhist monks immolating themselves during the Vietnam conflict.10/18/2003 1:42:41 PM
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