Djamel Ameziane made this painting while he was detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is seen during "Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantanamo Bay" at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, U.S. November 28, 2017.
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Sakrisson said that transfers of any art made by detainees had been suspended pending a policy review, but that the department wouldn't try to claim art that had already been sent out of Guantanamo.The show was put together after Beth Jacob, a lawyer who represents Guantanamo detainees, contacted John Jay professor Erin Thompson to ask about how to go about exhibiting one of her client's work. Thompson said she was disturbed at the idea that the government would take detainees' artwork away from them.Jacob said detainees often gave artwork to the attorneys as gifts, to be passed to family members or for safe-keeping.Thompson said she's heard that response from some. She's also from those who think the exhibition is useful to help people think about the Guantanamo prison and what it means to the country.
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