Juma's Room is an audio work that that relays an experience of trauma and empathy, centering on a sucide attempt of Juma al Dossari, a detainee held for alleged ties to terrorism. It is part of the 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 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.