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Art aims to draw attention to detained American

(AP Photo/Hekmati family via
This undated photo released by the Michigan family of Amir Hekmati via shows the former U.S. Marine, who’s now being held in a prison in Iran on accusations of spying for the CIA. An art exhibition opening next week in Detroit aims to help build support for the release of a former U.S. Marine. Hekmati's parents live in the Flint area.

– An art exhibition opening in Detroit aims to help build support for the release of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges.

Amir Hekmati was arrested while visiting his grandmothers in Iran in August 2011. The exhibit "Jailed Humanity: In Support of an American's quest for freedom from an Iranian Prison" opens Saturday night at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in the Detroit Police Department's former Third Precinct station.

The exhibit is curated by Amir Hekmati's sister Sarah Hekmati and artist Manal Kadry. It's scheduled to run through Dec. 2.

Amir Hekmati was raised in Michigan. His parents live in the Flint area. The U.S. government has repeatedly denied that Hekmati is a spy.