Solo show at ZEPHYR, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany (31 January – 29 May 2016)
Curated by Thomas Schirmböck
In precise and atmospheric images, award-winning London-based photographer, Edmund Clark, exposes and shows us the invisible power systems we live within.
Clark photographed previously unrecorded aspects of the prison camps and naval base at Guantánamo. In another series, Clark investigated the unconceivable existence of so-called Control Order Houses in the United Kingdom. In recent work, The Mountains of Majeed, Clark delved into the world of military camps in Afghanistan. These bodies of work will come together to be shown in his Mannheim exhibition, Terror Incognitus.
Edmund Clark’s latest work deals with a dark chapter in the recent past; Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition explores the system of illegal abduction of individuals by the US secret service and their transportation to so-called black sites. These secret and illegal torture camps were operated until the mid 2000s in countries such as Romania and Lithuania, but also in Syria, Libya and Guantánamo. Germany’s Frankfurt (Main) Airport was the central distribution station. With documents, juridical protocols and photographs, Clark weaves a complex net of information, revealing the overwhelming scale of this system and the consequences the world will continue to experience.
Works exhibited include: Control Order House, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out, The Mountains of Majeed, Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition, Section 4 Part 20: One Day on a Saturday, The Victory Column of Enduring Freedom, Virtue Unmann’d: Dulce et Decorum Est
Photographs by ZEPHYR, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen