War On Terror
Imperial War Museum
28 June 2016- 28 August 2017
Edmund Clark is an artist-photographer displays the research over the measures adopted by government in counter terrorism programs to investigate their ethics and question the stereotype of terrorist suspects. The exhibition will remain at the War Museum until august the 28th of 2017 and is free entry.
The exhibition is a process of discovery of the implications of the US and UK Global war on terror from 1998 until nowadays. The show opens with the artwork “Orange Screen: War of Images” (2016). Animated by Magali Charrier, the screen represents the common ground to the overall exhibition since it distances famous terrorist attacks from familiar images and intended ideologies. Moreover, he plays on the colour orange that the public will soon associate not only with prisoners but also with victims.
The second room is in fact a recollection of mixed documents and photography, revealing the US organized secret deals for the deportation of suspected people in CIA’s detention centres around the world. The exclusive photographs of these horrific places depict details such as chains and collars bring to light the lifestyle of the suspects. Clark also evaluates the role of pilots flying people to these places: they are conscious of doing illegal deportations but they still obey orders…thus reinforcing Anna Arendt argument back to the processes of Nazi’s executives. Once we are about to change prospective, Clark mixes interviews, official documents and images to engage with the immorality of the bureaucratic dehumanization of such people. The illegality of such processes of investigation are brought back home, in UK, where 52 suspects were relegated to their houses. Only the victims, that are the suspects, experience their home as prison in an age of Global War on Terror.
With the mouldering of shocking top-secret document and personal, human data Edmund Clark is capable of constructing a strong demonstration that does not only engage our perception of the world but overturns it.
Arendt, H. (1963). Eichmann in Jerusalem. 1st ed. New York: Viking Press.