FotoFest Home


FotoFest Headquarters , Houston, Texas

Visitors to the exhibition Project Creator and Artist Margot Herster (r.) speak at the exhibition opening with pro bono habeas attorneys Sarah Havens and Douglas Cox
Visitors to the exhibition watch The Lawyers, a video by Carolyn Mara Borlenghi and Margot Herster Binders with statistical information on Guantánamo, news articles and declassified transcripts of Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) are placed in the exhibit for visitors
Houston attorney and Guantánamo program sponsor Mike DeGeurin of Foreman, DeGeurin & Nugent
(r. to l.) Scott Sullivan (pro bono habeas consul and University of Texas law professor), Project Creator Margot Herster and Video Artist Carolyn Mara Borlenghi answer questions and chat during the opening


with organizer Margot Herster, artist Carolyn Mara Borlenghi, curator Wendy Watriss and participating attorneys Douglas Cox and Sarah Havens (Allen & Overy, NY)
photos by Fred Baldwin and Craig Anthony Thomas

Video Artist Carolyn Mara Borlenghi (far l.) and Project Creator/Artist Margot Herster (l.) talk with visitors
Featured attorneys Douglas Cox and Sarah Havens from the New York office of Allen & Overy, representing detainees from Yemen, spoke on April 1 at the exhibit
Video Artist Carolyn Mara Borlenghi (l.) and Project Creator and Artist Margot Herster (r.)
Doug Cox and Sarah Havens talk about their Yemeni detainees clients
Sarah Havens looks at a photograph of the father of one of the Yemeni detainees Visitors to the exhibition watch The Lawyers, a video by Carolyn Mara Borlenghi and Margot Herster

The Challenge of Guantánamo - Legal and Human Rights Issues
featuring Lt. Col. Mark A. Bridges (USMA, West Point, NY), and Anant Raut (Weil Gotschal & Manges, LLP, Washington, DC). Moderator: William Cunningham (Professor Emeritas, University of St. Thomas, Houston)
University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas
. In association with the Center for International Studies at the
University of St. Thomas

photos by Margot Herster and Fred Baldwin

Anant Raut from the Washington DC office of Weil Gotshal & Manges gave a statistical profile of Guantánamo, conditions under which detainees were apprehended, how the designation "enemy combatant" is made and the experience of the Saudi Arabian detainees he represents. See Saudi Repatriates Report by Anant Raut and Jill M. Friedman

Lt Col Mark Bridges, who was a military lawyer assigned to defend one of the first detainees charged with being an "enemy combatant." analyzed the history and use of military commissions in the United States from the Mexican American War in the first half of the 19th century through World War II and the current "war on terror."  

Anant Raut , Weil Gotschal & Manges, Washington, DC
Lt. Col. Mark A. Bridges, USMA, West Point, NY
Melanie Gray (r.),  Weil Gotshal & Manges Partner in Houston and a sponsor of the Guantánamo programs, welcomed guests and praised Anant Raut's pro bono work at Guantánamo. She talked about the firm's long-time commitment to supporting pro bono work related to legal and human rights issues. Anant Raut (far r.) talks with Katherine Miller at the reception


Breakdown in the Gray Room: The Images from Abu Ghraib
by David Levi Strauss
University of Houston
Presented by FotoFest and University of Houston Downtown in collaboration with
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

photos by Jaqueline Jocson

David Levi Strauss talked about the meaning and context of the torture pictures from Abu Ghraib. He analyzed them in relation to images from art history relating to war as well as more recent depictions of political and social behavior in the U.S., evidenced in photographs of the lynching of African American men and Emmett Till and parties held by college fraternities viewable on the Internet.  Mr. Strauss made presentations at the University of Houston Central Campus and University of Houston Downtown.

Breakdown in the Gray Room , recording of the talk broadcast on The Progressive Forum, 90.1 KPFT, Houston
Inconvenient Evidence: The Effects of Abu Ghraib
, essay on The Brooklyn Rail by David Levi Strauss

David Levi Strauss
David Levi Strauss' opening remarks
Strauss' talk analysed the Abu Ghraib images (l.) and related them to historical depictions of torture and punishment such as lynchings of African American men in the American South (r.).
David Levi Strauss answers questions from attendees at the University of Houston presentation.