Pair of curved Carrara White marble benches
Edition of 6
45.7 x 71.1 x 238.8 cm / 18 x 28 x 94 in
Moon gold and red gold leaf and oil on linen
259.7 x 200.7 x 3.8 cm / 102 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in
Text: U.S. government document
This page is a transcribed witness statement from a report investigating the death of a detainee in Afghanistan, Jamal Naseer (dated October 20, 2004). According to the ACLU, the documents contained in this report ‘reveal charges that Special Forces beat, burned, and doused eight prisoners with cold water before sending them into freezing weather conditions.’ One of the eight prisoners, Jamal Naseer, died in US custody. Despite numerous witness statements describing the evidence of torture, the military’s investigation concluded that the charges of torture were unsupported.
Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual and installation artist whose work deploys text in public spaces across an array of media, including electronic and LED signs, carved stone, billboards, and printed materials. Closely aligned with the feminist art movement, Holzer’s oeuvre provokes public debate and illuminates social and political injustice. Celebrated for her inimitable use of language and interventions in the public sphere, Holzer creates a powerful tension between the realms of feeling and knowledge.
Celebrating Basel Basel
In 2009, Fondation Beyeler presented Holzer’s first major exhibition in a Swiss museum including texts from the late 1970s, sculptures, paintings and LED installations. The exhibition extended beyond the museum, with light projections on buildings and locations throughout Basel and Zurich.