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Guantánamo and Community: Visual Approaches to the Naval Base

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Abstract

This chapter addresses visual representations of the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo in relation to the idea of home. The visual art it considers presents a cultural site rather than a political and legal one; a borderland where the naval base and eastern Cuba are united both territorially and creatively; and a space of complex conceptual geographies, where Cuba, the Caribbean, the U.S., the Middle East, and Europe converge. Works by photographer Edmund Clark from his series Guantánamo: If the Lights Go Out and ‘El camino de la estrategia,’ a multimedia project by Cuban artists Alexander Beatón and Pedro Gutiérrez, among other visual representations, counter the geographic abstraction and rhetorical hostility that have characterized the base with an exploration of how ‘home’ can take shape.

Keywords

Naval Base Photographer prisonPrison Fidel CastroCastro Fence Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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