This Is an Introduction Tape presents Kuwaiti families as they plead with detained sons and fathers to accept American legal representation. It is part of After You've Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt, an archive-based project on Guantanamo Bay, and takes context-specific installation and distribution forms.
After You've Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt leads the audience through a fragmented, emotionally charged narrative on the trust dynamics between suspected terrorists held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and their U. S. lawyers. Created by artist and experimental documentarian Margot Herster, the project comprises exhibitions, screenings, a book, an archive, and an interactive documentary that engage audience in structured experiences of Herster’s 2000+ photographs, videos, texts and audio documents she collected from attorneys who represent detainees.
Herster’s project presents Guantánamo filtered through the lens of attorney-photographers who, by circumstance, threw themselves into personal relationships with the men behind Guantánamo's closed doors. Amateur digital photographers have produced some of the most incisive recent wartime photographs. Created by participants and bystanders, images such as those from terrorist attacks, insurgent videos and protest violence, document inhumanity and serve to propagate divisiveness. After You've Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt highlights the power of photography to build trust and facilitate relationships in extreme circumstances of anxiety and isolation.
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