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Parrotta Contemporary Art - Stuttgart

Parrotta Contemporary Art - Stuttgart

Private Gallery
 
Talk With Edmund Clark About Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out
 
Edmund Clark
Edmund Clark
  NOVEMBER 7TH, 2013, 6 PM

For many years, the American detention camp Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on Cuba, was an almost un-representable location on account of the censorship and strict monitoring mechanisms that prevail there. Edmund Clark's series ›Letters to Omar‹ are examples of thousands of cards and letters sent from strangers around the world in support of one man during six years of detention at Guantanamo. These are images created by the process of bureaucracy that meant every card, letter and envelope was scanned, censored, stamped and given a unique archive number. These degraded, abstracted images were then made complicit in the control process exercised over Omar and added to his paranoia and disorientation. Even postcards that appeared harmless could be part of a stratagem to make him lose his mind. Their transformation reflects and witnesses the abuse of their intended recipient. Edmund Clark has been honoured with a series of awards (ZEITmagazin Fotopreis (2012) Book of the Year, Italian Photo Editors Association (2012), The Royal Photographic Society Award, Hood Medal (2011), Best Book Award at the New York Photo Awards (2011) a.o.).

BLACK OUT - ON THE VERGE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC

Image:
Edmund Clark
»Letters to Omar« Document Number GUAN- 2006-I00606,
150 × 100 cm, aus: Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out

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