Jasim was in a Cage

Daniel A. Heyman, American, born 1963


March 2006

Drypoint on Rives BFK paper


Plate: 15 11/16 × 11 3/4 in. (39.9 × 29.8 cm)

Sheet (Irreg.): 27 1/16 × 22 1/2 in. (68.7 × 57.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Anonymous Fund #144

© Daniel A. Heyman


Portfolio / Series Title

Amman series of The Abu Ghraib Project


Cindi Ettinger


C. R. Ettinger Studio, Philadelphia


Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed and dated, in graphite, lower right margin: D[illegible] 2006; numbered, in graphite, lower left margin: 19/30; titled and inscribed, in plate, upper left to right: JASIM WAS IN A CAGE FOR TEN DAYS A METAL CAGE HE WAS NOT / AllOWED TO STAND HE WAS HOODED FOR TEN DAYS / WHEN A FATHER WAS FORCED TO BURRY [sic] HIS 18 YEAR OlD / SON IN A HOLE 1/2 A MEETER [sic] DEEP THAT THEY BOTH DUG / AND THEN THE SON WAS FORCED TO LIE DOWN IN THE HOLE/ THE [backwards S]OLDIERS WERE LAUGHING THE PRISONERS WERE CRYING / THE SON STAYED IN THE HOLE COVERED WITH DIRT FOR / 1 HOUR THE SON & FATHER AND JASIM THOUGHT THE SON WOULD / DIE; inscribed, in plate, center to lower right: THERE WAS AN OlD MAN 70 IN PRISON WITH JASIM WHO ASK- / ED FOR WATER, AND THEY GAVE HIM A BOTTLE FILLED WITH PISS / A US SOLDIER, BlACK, KEPT SAYING GUANTANAMO BAY AND / DRAGGING HIS FINGER ACROSS HIS THROAT [inscription oriented horizontally, with left at center of page]; inscribed, in plate, center to lower left: THE TRANSLATOR TOLD HIM "YOU ARE THE LEADER OF THE INSURGENTS" / AND THEN THE TRANS. & THE INTERROGATOR PUT HIM AGAINST THE / WALL AND HIT HIM BEHIND THE HEAD AND KICKED HIM ON THE LEGS / FOR FOUR HOURS AND TWO DAYS / LATER ANOTHER I[backwards N]TERROGATION [inscription oriented mostly horizontally, with left at center of page, conforming to profile of figure] Embossed, lower right corner: [insignia: C [symbol] [three horizontal lines stacked vertically], with arc above and below] Watermark, lower right: BFK RIVES

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 47, Bearing Witness, The Abu Ghraib Project by Daniel Heyman, Kristin Monahan Garcia, MALS 2005, Assistant Curator of Academic and Student Programming and John Mathias, Class of 2011, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 5, 2008-February 1, 2009. [Exhibited in conjunction with Dartmouth College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and its 2009 theme, "Getting to the Mountaintop: Moving through Conflict toward Reconciliation."


The artist, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sold to the present collection, 2007.

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