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This is Camp X-Ray
(Film/Video, UHC Collective, April 2005)
PAL
Punchy DVD by Damien Mahoney documenting "This is Camp X-ray", a week long, fully functional internment camp - art installation in the middle of Manchester. "One of the most challenging and ambitious art events to have taken place in recent times." Manchester"s City Life magazine. UHC is a radical art and design collective. "This Is Camp X-Ray" artist Jai Redman is a resident of Hulme and one of the founders of UHC. (from 4.00)

This Is Camp X-Ray was an art installation consisting of a fully operational, life-size replica of the U.S internment camp at Guantanamo Bay. It set out to challenge our apathy over the prisoners at the US Armys Guantanamo Bay site and investigated the experiences of incarceration and sensory deprivation.

It was constructed in the city of Manchester and was operational from Friday 10th October to Saturday 18th October 2003.

The camp was built for "Don"t Cross The Line" - a series of 3 new art works on the theme of "the new imperialism".

It was built and maintained using only mainstream media images as its source. There were prisoners and guards on site at all times.

This documentary film by Damien Mahoney adds to the debate around the Guantanamo Bay detention centre and the US and UK"s continued use of imprisonment without trial. Jai Redman"s "This is Camp X-Ray" installation became one of the most critically acclaimed art events of 2003, receiving widespread international press coverage. The controversial installation - a meticulous working replica of the original American camp in Cuba: stood for nine days in Hulme, an inner city suburb of Manchester, UK. Featuring live prisoners and guards, it ran 24 hours a day and stuck rigorously to the regime of the actual camp. The film documents the installation and features in depth interviews with individuals who took part as guards and prisoners.

There is reaction from local residents and passers by and the film concludes with an emotional interview with the sisters of Jamal Al-Harith, a Manchester resident who was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 after 3 years of imprisonment without charge.

Hard hitting, thought provoking and affecting, the film is a must-see for those concerned about the West"s continued corrosion of civil liberties and interested in the role art can play in political activism.

"UHC is in revolt."Lawrence Smallman, Aljazeera"This is performance art with a mission to dump state terrorism on the doorsteps of the inner city."David Ward, Guardian Newspaper

"An outrageous waste of public money." Andrew Rosindell, Conservative MP

"Equal parts art installation, agit prop intervention and Situationalist prank." Big Issue in the North

"Political protest in the form of drama." "This Is Camp X-Ray" was listed as one of the performance theatre events of the year.The Observer newspaper review of 2003

"Silly arts!"The Sun newpaperOn the film"One of the most fascinating film events to be held in Manchester this year." City Life Magazine on the film"s launch event

"A testimony to the shocked and bewildered responses of the local community, the film explores the range of emotions felt by volunteer detainees and guards during the nine-day project." Lawrence Smallman, Aljazeera

Running time 1 Hour 10 Minutes