RATTLING THE CAGE
7 – 21 March 2009
A local campaign against the global injustice of Guantánamo.
Rattling the Cage is a community archive of documents, textiles, photography and film used in the ‘Save Omar’ campaign. It demonstrates the power of improvisation. As a group of people from Brighton, Worthing and Eastbourne began to work together for the return of Guantánamo detainee Omar Deghayes to his home in Saltdean, they developed skills and materials that could be called an art of politics: they wrote letters and plays, performed on the street and for the screen. They also created posters, postcards, badges and clothing. The exhibition of their archive is an opportunity to reflect upon how the creativity of local people can be used to effect political change.
When the Save Omar campaign formed, Omar Deghayes had already spent over three years in prison camps, the first in Bagram Air Base before transfer to Guantánamo. He was finally released in December 2007 after more than six years imprisoned without charge or trial and subjected to torture.
Curated by Louise Purbrick
TALKS & EVENTS:
Omar Deghayes reflects on the Guantánamo system followed by an opportunity to meet activists and participate in a drop-in writing workshop, Saturday 14 March 2pm, free
Workshop to prepare for the performance: “Anniversary – an Act of Memory” – see below. Wednesday 18 March 8 pm. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found in more than 300 languages at www.un.org/Overview/rights.html
“Anniversary – an Act of Memory”. A recitation, from memory, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948. Monica Ross with members and friends of the Brighton Against Guantanamo Campaign. Saturday 21 March, 2pm in the gallery, FREE.
SOUTH GALLERY EXHIBITION:
Angela Carter works in 2-D and 3-D with a range of raw, accessible materials. Her work is drawing and research based and communicates memory, relationships, nostalgia and emotion.
The pieces are often tactile and inspired by objects and fabrics once owned by someone she has never met. It is important to her that the objects represent the history of a person’s life such as found notes and letters which capture a moment in time. She embroiders these notes/letters to preserve, celebrate and explore character and transience. Angela is based at Phoenix Brighton.