Via Stanford News
The tarps remained down for a few days, and the detainees started making art about the sea. Some wrote poems about it. And everyone who could draw drew the sea. I could see different meanings in each drawing, color and shape. I could see the detainees put their dreams, feelings, hopes and lives in them. I could see some of these drawings were mixtures of hope and pain. That the sea means freedom no one can control or own, freedom for everyone.
Each of us found a way to escape to the sea.
Those who could see the sea spent most of their time watching, listening and looking at that big blue color, which cools our souls. The sea was a little rough, because of the windy weather. Huge waves that rose high and hit the land. Looking at a sea like that was scary, but it was what we got, and it felt good. Afghans started calling out to one another and expressing their feelings about what they saw, and turned to us with many questions about that beast.
Mansoor Adayfi was released in 2016 and is at work on a book about this detention. Above excerpt is adapted from the catalog for “Ode to the Sea: Art From Guantánamo Bay.”
via NYT re: the 5 year renovation by David Chipperfield Architects.
Via 70s Sci-Fi Art