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Without doubt one of the most gripping artworks I have seen this year. The tightly aligned arrangement of 166 helmets plus sound installation / performance titled Guantanamo Museum by Spanish artist Alicia Framis. The bright color orange as a reference to the prison clothing of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. The number 166 to the number of those currently imprisoned. The open backsides of the helmets as torture possibility? Or as the poetic depiction of still being able to flee in a dream world, as a final escape plan. But it’s particularly the by a performer with a megaphone, one by one recited first names, that causes the inhuman given of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to be cleared of its status as worn out news item. That indeed makes you wish it was already a museum for long.
Guantanamo Museum is part of the retrospective Framis in Progress at the Arnhem MMKA which runs until September 29, 2013.