Laurie Anderson and Mohammed el Gharani, who was detained at Guantánamo Bay from 2002 to 2009, will participate in a conversation exploring human rights and incarceration moderated by activist and film producer Kweku Mandela. The pair collaborated on the monumental video installation Habeas Corpus (2015), in which El Gharani, projected on a 14-foot sculpture modeled after the Lincoln Memorial, shares his recollections of Guantánamo and reflections on unlawful imprisonment. Habeas Corpus is currently on view in Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The in-person program will be recorded for online broadcast. 
 
This program is co-presented by the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community MuseumHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture GardenNational Museum of African American History and Culture and National Museum of African Art

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Image credit: Laurie Anderson, Habeas Corpus, 2015. Installation view from Laurie Anderson: The Weather at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2021. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ron Blunt 

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