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Lecture @ Temple Contemporary
Thursday, October 20 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Artist Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyer Susan Burke to witness the testimony of former prisoners held at Abu Ghraib. Focusing on their prior meetings with forty former detainees of Abu Ghraib, Heyman and Burke will discuss their experiences, research and work from their time in the Middle East.
Between 2006 and 2008, Burke was building a case in US federal court against private contractors who provided interrogation and translation services and were involved in the torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib and other military prisons. Heyman accompanied her team on five trips to the Middle East between 2006 and 2008, meeting with forty former detainees of Abu Ghraib’s notorious “hard site,” and later with witnesses to the Blackwater/Nisour Square shooting that left seventeen Iraqi civilians dead and twenty injured.