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Guantanamo MuseumGuantanamo SoapConfiscated lettersThe key that doesn’t open any door

Guantanamo Museum

Alicia's Framis workshop
Can Xalant
Centre of Creation and Contemporary Thought
Mataró 2008

Three pieces-objects and video made in the Alice’s Framis workshop for a possible context: a shop in the museum at Guantanamo when the prison is closed and the tourists go to see and search souvenir fetishes.

Guantanamo serves as an example to think over how the security, the justice and the freedom are rights very fragile in a terrorism war context.

Guantanamo Soap

Alicia's Framis workshop
Can Xalant
Centre of Creation and Contemporary Thought
Mataró 2008

A bar of soap marked with the letters GUANTANAMO is a object related to cleanliness with qualities of biodegradable substance that allows us to explore the relationship between the prisoners and the US authorities.

On one hand we allude to the historical fact of Pontius Pilate "washing his hands" to make explicit the gap in the law and the absence respect human rights guaranties of administrated by the prison.

On the other, we appeal to the collective memory; we will all remember these facts for only a relatively short period of time, perhaps the time it takes for the name Guantánamo to wear off the bar of soap.

Confiscated letters

Alicia's Framis workshop
Can Xalant
Centre of Creation and Contemporary Thought
Mataró 2008

A set of letters that appear to have been written since the Guantanamo prison with destination in different parts of the world represent a lost story.

The letters, written in indigenous languages of the prisoners are confiscated by the censors. The writings that look for relief beyond the bars of the prison never will reach to their true receiver. 

The key that doesn’t open any door

Alicia's Framis workshop
Can Xalant
Centre of Creation and Contemporary Thought
Mataró 2008

A blank key acts as a useless object to open a door and his key-ring that contains the precise coordinates of Guantanamo prison show a nonsense.

This object serves us as a idea to think over the political perversion. Despite an injustice is located, this is not enough to open the human rights. The political and legal action is under suspicion, even in countries standard bearers of freedom and justice.