UIMA on "Know the Score LIVE!"
Artist Daniel Heyman and UIMA curator Kathleen Edwards participated in a broadcasted panel discussion on Iowa Public Radio’s "Know the Score LIVE!" Friday evening. The two discussed the artwork in the Eye Witness exhibit with host Joan Kjaer, as well as panel participant Joshua Casteel, a UI Playwrights Workshop and Nonfiction Writing Program student who served as a military interrogator at Abu Ghraib and has written a play and a nonfiction book about his experiences there. Heyman, Edwards, and Casteel each presented their perspectives on how art can respond to political and human rights issues.
During the second hour of the program, UI Professor Paul Kramer (author, The Blood of Governments: Race, Empire, the United States, and the Philippines, 2006), Nancy Pearson, director of the New Tactics in Human Rights Project for the Center for Victims of Torture, and former U.S. State Department Attorney-Advisor Damon Terrill discussed governmental and systematic approaches to the issue of torture and how change can be made.
Overall, the dialogue offered valuable insight into the disturbing prevalence of the United States’ torture practices, deepening the discourse that Heyman brings about with his portraits.