On January 22 a discussion and reception will be held at the Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, to mark the conclusion of the exhibit, Ode to the Sea: Art From Guantánamo Bay. The exhibition, showcasing the art of Guantanamo detainees, features works from Reprieve clients Ahmed Rabbani and Khalid Qassim.
Speakers at the event will include:
- Shelby Sullivan-Bennis – Staff Attorney working on abuses in counter-terrorism at Reprieve U.S. She represents several prisoners in Guantánamo Bay.
- Phyllis Rodriguez is the mother of Gregory Rodriguez who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald/E-Speed and died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. She is a founding member of 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and an advocate for alternatives to war and violence.
- Erin Thompson is a Co-curator of Ode to the Sea and professor of art crime at John Jay College.
The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Shiva Gallery, John Jay College. Enter at 860 11th Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the discussion will begin at 6:30 pm. Ode to the Sea runs through January 26, 2018.