THE RULE OF LAW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Artist, Abu Ghraib Detainee Interview Project and Portraits of Iraqis Project
An interview with Daniel Heyman conducted April 20, 2012 by Gerry Albarelli for the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rule of Law Oral History Project.
Daniel Heyman is the recipient of the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts, as well as the 2009 Pen Fellowship in the Arts. Educated at Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Heyman now teaches at Princeton University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and University of the Arts. In 2005, Mr. Heyman was invited by an American lawyer to journey to Jordan and Turkey to witness interviews with former Iraqi detainees released by the American military. The Abu Ghraib Detainee Interview Project is a collection of portraits and testimonies from the released prisoners, and is one of Heyman's many projects involving the War on Terror, torture, and the rule of law. Highlights of this interview include Mr. Heyman's reactions to the Iraq War and Abu Ghraib, the advocacy work of Susan Burke and Shereef Akeel on behalf of torture victims, his travels through Middle East, government censorship on war photography, and the interviews and copper plate portraits of torture victims in Jordan and Turkey.