This Live Art Installation Streamed an Ex-Inmate Telling Stories

By: Cadhla Gray - Oct 9, 2015
References: laurieanderson & fastcodesign
Laurie Anderson is known for her live art installation creations, this one pushing the boundaries of her previous visual and political work. This exhibit brought Mohammed el Gharani, who was Guantanamo Bay's youngest prisoner, to the Armory in New York City. Now free and living in West Africa, Gharani was streamed into the room, appearing to be 16 feet tall and sitting in a giant glowing heavenly chair.

He sat silently for people to walk through the space and watch, while intermittently telling stories of his wrongful conviction and seven years in prison. Bringing this man, who's lived through horrible experiences, an opportunity to tell his story in a country he is banned from -- this live art installation took people's breath away. Anderson succeeded in making a political statement about Guantanamo Bay and the US prison system in a non-threatening, while pervasive way.