After You’ve Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt explores how photography shapes our reaction to emotionally and politically charged environments—focusing on the complex relationships between detainees in the “war on terror,” their attorneys, government policy-makers, and the news-reading public. The archive-installation, created by artist and experimental documentarian Margot Herster for CAC’s Expose Gallery, presents selections from the artist’s digital collection of over 2000 photographs, videos, texts, and audio documents. Herster sourced these materials from attorneys who represent suspected terrorists held at the U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Herster’s project presents Guantánamo through the lens of amateur attorney-photographers who, by circumstance, developed personal relationships with the men behind the prison’s closed doors. While images such as those from terrorist attacks, insurgent videos, and protest violence document inhumanity and serve to propagate divisiveness, After You’ve Been Burned by Hot Soup You Blow in Your Yogurt highlights the power of photography to build trust and facilitate relationships in extreme circumstances of anxiety and isolation.