Josephine Meckseper | Germany

March for Peace, Justice and Democracy, 29/4/2006, New York City, 2006

16 mm transferred to digital video,
7 min
From the Museum’s collection

Josephine Meckseper In “The March to Washington”, like in many of her other recent works, Josephine Meckseper explores the war in Iraq and the protests revolving it that have been mobilized against the detention of political prisoners at Guantanamo Prison.

The prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, casts a dark shadow on the history of civil rights in the U.S.A. The detention camp was opened after the 9/11 events. Its location outside the U.S.A boundaries, in an area leased to it by the Cuban government, enabled the American authorities to perform in its grounds acts which blatantly contradict the American Constitution and international law.

The camp became synonymous of human rights violations, a symbol of a government ignoring its legal and international commitment. The anti-war demonstrations that took place both there in September 2005 and worldwide in February 2003 have not had, of course, any real influence on US policies in Iraq.

Unlike the days of the Vietnam campaign, public opinion these days seems to make little impression on political decisionmakers. Meckseper picks up some of the loose ends of this erring of democracy, as one might call it, by exploring the visual of the aforementioned demonstrations.