Friday, August 11, 2006

Daniel Heyman, Abu Ghraib

I think from the very beginning it has been the primary role of artists to document, witness and participate in social issues to help us get to the truth, especially when it is something as grave as war. Daniel Heyman has done some excellent work on the topic of human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib. Read the following and follow the links to his site to find out more.

"Philadelphia: Many artists have addressed the issue of the war and continuing presence of U.S. troops in Iraq, and the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib. Philadelphia artist DANIEL HEYMAN had the unique opportunity to witness interviews with former detainees of Abu Ghraib when he traveled to Amman, Jordan this year as part of a team pursuing a class action suit on behalf of these prisoners. Clean Up America, an installation in The Archive Space at Crane Arts is part of the body of work that is the artist's response to the issue and experience. The exhibition opens on SEPTEMBER 1 with a reception on SEPTEMBER 15 from 5:30-8 p.m., and continues through SEPTEMBER 30. Gallery hours are Wed.-Sun., noon to 6 p.m. The gallery will also be open concurrent with Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe performances in the building. Call 215-913-9663 for more info. This exhibition is supported in part with a grant from the Independence Foundation".

artwork by Daniel Heyman