Hope Floats, Installation Documentation, 2012
(779 pieces of white bread, man-made pond)














Hope Floats
by Carling McManus and Jen Susman

The Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History is pleased to have the series "Hope Floats" on display in the main gallery hall of the Tipton Three Exhibition Space. This work was curated and included in the premiere exhibition for its elegant approach to the questions of detainment and remembrance. The series of photographs invite the viewers to contemplate those lives that were unwillingly bound to the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center while it was still active, and also asks what space those lives currently occupy in our contemporary discourses.

Artist Statement

Hope Floats was created by setting 779 pieces of white bread afloat on a man-made pond. It is reported that there have been a total of 779 individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

Carling McManus and Jen Susman met during their MFA program at the San Francisco Art Institute. They became immediate collaborators on a range of projects from time-based work that premiered at SFMOMA to a storefront installation that was exhibited in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. Currently, they live and work in West Virginia.