Originally not intended for the public, many of these documents were heavily censored by the government and military before they were released. Without committing herself to any particular ideology, Holzer presents text as material in her pictures, thereby arousing the viewer's curiosity about the actual meaning of the words, which in their original context are often not grasped in their meaning because they are lost in the flow of information to which we are constantly exposed. The Formica Report series consists of 16 works (6 of which are shown in this exhibition). They are enlarged reproductions of the over six hundred page long appendix of the Formica Report, which describes the mistreatment of prisoners of war in Iraq. The Formica Report was produced in 2004 and published - largely censored - by the Pentagon in 2006. The black bars of the censoring highlighters make the pages appear as an abstract painting.
The triptychs At the Midtown Massacre, Jaw Broken and Gloves Off, as well as the single panel entitled Wish List (all 2006) are greatly magnified documents in oil on canvas, which bear witness to the war and mistreatment of prisoners from the perspective of the military and prisoners of war. There is also a series of autopsy reports that explain the circumstances of death of detainees in American captivity.
The works shown in the exhibition Highly Sensitive continue a theme that Jenny Holzer began with a work for the magazine Wired in 2004 and continued in her solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Truth before Power, in which she made the balance between transparency and security within a democratic government her theme. Shortly thereafter, Holzer projected released government documents onto the façade of the Gelman Library at George Washington University immediately before the American presidential election. In 2005, she carried out a similar project by projecting documents on the political situation of the USA in the Middle East onto the building of New York University's Bobst Library.