Welcome to Camp America investigates the human experience of Gitmo for both prisoners and guards, through their residential and leisure spaces (“Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play” series) and gift-shop souvenirs (“Gitmo on Sale” series). Of the 780 men held since its prisons opened, the vast majority has been cleared and released, returning home or transferred to third countries where they may not speak the language. In the “Beyond Gitmo series,” Cornwall collaborates with 14 former prisoners in nine countries, from Albania to Qatar, plus a former guard, to make environmental portraits.
Debi Cornwall is a conceptual documentary artist who returned to visual expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a civil-rights lawyer. While completing a degree in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, Debi studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
After working for photographers Mary Ellen Mark and Sylvia Plachy, as an AP stringer, and as an investigator for the federal public defender’s office, she attended Harvard Law School and practised for more than a decade as an attorney representing wrongly convicted DNA exonerees.
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