Chagos (Waterboarded Documents 002), 2015
James Bridle

Mixed Media
119 cm x 72 cm x 110 cm

The Waterboarded Documents are a pair of documentary installations which illustrate the complicity between contemporary technological networks and historical forms of imperial power. A custom-built steel and glass-topped table presents maps of the Chagos Archipelago, part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, along with documents detailing the role of the islands in human rights abuse, torture and rendition, and on the operation of websites linked with the offshore location. The documents have been spoiled by water, following the UK Government’s claim that crucial evidence on the territory’s role in the CIA torture program was similarly damaged.

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