Control Order House, Installation view, Courtesy of Imperial War Museum
Edmund Clark uses photography, found imagery and text to explore
links between representation and politics. His most recent series Negative Publicity, Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition is a collection of photographs and documents that confront the nature of contemporary warfare and the invisible mechanisms of state control. From George W. Bush’s 2001 declaration of the “war on terror” until 2008, an unknown number of people disappeared into a network of secret prisons organized by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Produced together with counterterrorism investigator Crofton Black, the project recreates this network of CIA “black sites” - a system hidden in plain sight. The project was awarded the Documentary and Photojournalism prize at the 2017 ICP Infinity Awards.
Previous series include The Mountains of Majeed (2014), a reflection on the
end of the war in Afghanistan through photography, found imagery
and Taliban poetry, Control Order House
(2011), the result of exclusive access to work and stay in a
house in which a man suspected of involvement with
terrorist-related activity had been placed under a Control
Order, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out
(2010) and Still Life Killing Time (2007), exploring the
consequences of control and incarceration. After studying for a
degree in History and French at the University of Sussex, Brighton
and La Sorbonne, Paris, he worked as a researcher in London and
Brussels before gaining a postgraduate diploma at the London
College of Communications.
The artist's photographs have been exhibited internationally at
the Imperial War Museum, London, Zephyr, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Huis Marseille Museum, Amsterdam, Houston Center for
Photography, Texas, Saatchi Gallery, London, Aperture
Foundation, New York and Imperial War Museum North, Manchester.
His work is featured in many important national and
international collections including those of the National Portrait
Gallery and Imperial War Museum in London, The Museum of Fine Arts,
Houston and The George Eastman House, Rochester.
He is a regular participant in talks and symposia and has
presented Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out at the House
of Lords, London, Captivity in Twentieth Century Warfare: Archives,
History, Memory, at the cole Militaire, Paris, Medium &
Message: Conflict Photography in the Digital Era, at the University
College, Dublin, Remembering Guantanamo, at the Columbia
University, New York and The Political Life of Things, at the
Imperial War Museum, London. He has also worked as an
Artist-in-Residence for the National Trust in Britain.
Edmund Clark was shortlisted for the 2013 Prix Pictet for his
series Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out, and his
work has been recognised with other numerous awards
including The Royal Photographic Society Award, Hood Medal
(2011), Best Book Award at the New York Photo Awards (2011), Lucie
Awards, International Photographer of the Year, Book Category
(2011), Best Book of The Year selection at the International
Photobook Festival, Kassel (2011) and Best Personal Work, Photo
District News Annual (2011).
The artist has published five monographs.