This Is Camp X-Ray

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This is Camp X-Ray is the name of art installation created by the artist Jai Redman who is part of the Ultimate Holding Company (UHC) art collective. 'This is Camp X-Ray' was a full-scale replica of part of the United States military Guantanamo Bay detainment camp. The installation showed guards and prisoners in cells and interrogation rooms, as well as demonstration of known interrogation techniques. It was constructed in the Hulme area of the city of Manchester[1] and was operational from Friday 10 October to Saturday 18 October 2003. Costing approximately £3000, the Arts Council England covered half the cost.

Due to the political nature of the project, the installation received a few complaints including from Conservative party MP Andrew Rosindell, and David Lee the editor of the arts newspaper Jackdaw. Lee said "This is simply a reconstruction, it is bald documentary and has nothing to do with art. The Arts Council supports this kind of stuff rather than supporting good art. It is both corrupt and corrupting.". A DVD video documenting the live installation, entitled This is Camp X-Ray: Manchester Responds To Injustice With Art, by Damien Mahoney was released on 12 December 2004. The DVD includes an interview with the sisters of Jamal Udeen Al-Harith a Manchester resident who was detained in the real Camp x-ray for two and a half years without charge.[2]

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