Keynote: Edmund Clark

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For over ten years, Edmund Clark has sought aesthetic strategies to explore new and unseen processes of contemporary conflict. His work engages with state censorship and control, and is itself shaped by these processes, as it tries to reconfigure subjects we normally see as distant or threatening stereotypes on our screens. In exploring these issues, Clark examines the relationship between photographs, images and text, and between forms of evidence and visual communication. Clark uses photography and print publications as a vehicle for such experimentation to create objects that represent their subjects through form as well as content, while at the same time creating site-specific installations when given the opportunity to bring these subjects to museum or gallery audiences. In his keynote talk, Clark will refer to works in his current exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London (on until August 2017) and from his recent exhibition at the Zephyr Raum für Fotografie at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim. These presentations include ‘Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition’ about the CIA secret prison programme, ‘Letters to Omar’ and ‘Guantanamo: If the light goes out’ about the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay, and ‘The Mountains of Majeed’ about the official end of the war in Afghanistan.