Representing Torture

Carol Jacobsen
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The widely publicized photographs taken by guards at Abu Graib showed the world in graphic detail that the United States engages in torture, outside the U.S. Almost a decade ago, Amnesty International launched its first ever campaign on torture occurring inside the U.S. Working with human rights activists, including prisoners and guards, the ongoing campaign focuses on the chaining, rape and other forms of torture of women in U.S. prisons. As a filmmaker working with Amnesty on this issue, and as an educator teaching documentary video, many questions about issues of representation, exploitation, voice are involved in producing and disseminating images of torture, and critical to cultural discourse as we struggle to make torture a visible and public issue. This presentation will include an excerpt from my film, "Segregation Unit".

Keywords: Torture, Representation, Images, Photography, Documentary, Women's rights, Human rights, Feminism, Prison, Amnesty, Activism, Women's prison, Chaining, Rape, Video, Film, Segregation
Stream: Political Science, Politics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Carol Jacobsen

Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, The University of Michigan

Carol Jacobsen is an award winning social documentary artist whose works in video, photography, published articles, and activism address issues of women's criminalization and censorship. Her art work has been exhibited and screened worldwide, including at Lincoln Center, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre de Cultural Contemporanea, Barcelona; Kunstforum, Bonn; Brussels International Film Festival; Temple Gallery, Rome; Photography Biennial, Wanganui, New Zealand; Human Rights Watch, Beijing, China, as well as in many grassroots venues. She has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Paul Robeson Foundation, Center for New Television, Women in Film Foundation, Art Matters, Rockefeller Foundation, Prostitutes of New York, No More Nice Girls, and others. Her published articles have appeared in Art in America, Exposure, New York Law Review, Social Text and other journals. In 1992, she fought a year-long battle for prostitutes' rights and against censorship of 7 artists by the University of Michigan law school. She is currently an Associate Professor of video and women's studies at the University of Michigan, and is represented in New York by Denise Bibro Fine Art. She serves as Coordinator of the Michigan Women's Clemency Project, seeking freedom for women wrongly imprisoned, and her works are sponsored by/raise funds for/are distributed through Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, COYOTE, Women's Prison Association of New York, and other nonprofit organizations.

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