Edmund Clark "Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out"


poster for Edmund Clark "Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out"

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Flowers presents a selection of photographs from Edmund Clark’s Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out. Clark pairs his images with a collection of correspondence titled Letters to Omar and a multimedia installation. Together these visuals confront the assumptions and stereotypes about the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The exhibition will run from November 30th, 2012 through January 12th, 2013, with an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, November 29th, 6-8pm. An artist talk will also take place in the gallery on Saturday, December 1st at 4pm.

Edmund Clark is known for his work exploring incarceration through the use of photography, found imagery, and text. In Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out (2010), he examines three ideas of home: The naval base that is home to the American community at Guantanamo; the complex of camps where the detainees have been held, and the homes, new and old, where former detainees now find themselves trying to rebuild their lives. His disorientating narrative evokes the psychological aftereffects on these men.

Letters to Omar testifies to the scale of control exacted by the US military through the correspondence sent to one man, Omar Deghayes. Each piece of mail was scanned and copied with entire portions censored and redacted. Deghayes was never given the originals, but the documents, made complicit in the process of control over him, remain an extraordinary representation of the relationship between prisoner and captor.

Clark’s quiet and restrained style melds documentary and fine art imagery. His photographs are absent of people, speaking to the identities that have been stripped away. At Guantanamo he had to switch from his 5x4 inch film camera to mediumformat digital equipment, so that his photographs could be censored by security personnel at the end of each day. His meticulous imagery narrates the experience and contradictions of Guantanamo—where 167 prisoners are still held.



from November 30, 2012 to January 12, 2013

Opening Reception on 2012-11-29 from 18:00 to 20:00


Edmund Clark

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