In military terminology, a black site is a location at which an unacknowledged black project is conducted. Recently, the term has gained notoriety in describing secret prisons operated by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), generally outside of U.S. territory and legal jurisdiction. It can refer to the facilities that are controlled by the CIA and used by the U.S. government in its War on Terror to detain alleged unlawful enemy combatants.
America has exported its xenophobia and mistreatment of “the other” to these black sites, so called because no light shines on them. They do not officially exist. These sites in turn bleed back on to U.S. soil. Holman Square is an off-the-books police warehouse in Chicago found to have been used by the City of Chicago Police to detain and interrogate thousands of predominantly black Americans. These images, shot in Chicago’s Millenium Park Garage, are stand-ins for the unapproachable, unphotographable black sites.