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The Story Of This Quilt
Guantanamo by Louise Donovan.

This piece of textile art was given the Judges’ Award in the 2014 NEC Quilters Exhibition.

The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a United States military prison located within Guantanamo Bay naval base which is on the coast of Cuba. It was set up in the aftermath of 9/11 in 2001 and the Bush declaration of a war on terror. Since the inmates have been detained illegally without trial and inmates were allegedly severely tortured, Amnesty International see the operations of this camp as a major breach of human rights.

I am a supporter of Reprieve, the organisation founded in 1999 by Clive Stafford Smith, the British human rights lawyer, to campaign against the death penalty across the globe and provide free legal and investigative support to those on death row and others victimised by states’ abusive counter-terror policies. Clive Stafford-Smith has represented the legal interests of many held in Guantanamo.

 
Inspiration
 
This image from the American detention base conveys several messages:
The faceless figures of the standing guards – the subjugated prisoners – the vividness of the orange uniform - the barrenness of the ground – the barbed wire in the background – all become absorbed in my abstraction of the reality of Guantanamo.
 
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