Portraits drawn of former detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq will be featured in Bearing Witness: Daniel Heyman, an exhibit scheduled from Saturday, Jan. 15 through March 13 at Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) Laband Art Gallery.
Artist Heyman incorporates the subject’s words into his compositions to create a disturbing perspective on the collision of U.S. Armed Forces and Iraqis, a Laband gallery spokesperson says.
From 2005-2008, Heyman and writer Nick Flynn sat in on interviews with dozens of former Abu Ghraib prison detainees in Turkey and Jordan. As the men opened up about atrocities they suffered, Heyman drew their portraits. His art interweaves bits of their testimony, aiming to provoke thought and reexamination of the war and its lasting impact, the gallery spokesperson explains.
The upcoming show is expected to become a launching pad for discussing legal remedies and human rights issues in times of war, the spokesperson adds.
A reception and reading by collaborator Flynn is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Laband gallery, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.