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Edmund Clark

Looking at participants of Review Santa Fe, a juried photography portfolio review hosted by Center, giving tremendous support and exposure to emerging and established photographers.

I featured some of Edmund Clark’s terrific work on Lenscratch last year when he was exhibiting images from his Centenarians project. The work he brought to Review Santa Fe is from Guantanamo Bay. The project looks the detainee camps at Guantanamo and the homes of British ex-detainees released from captivity. The series was awarded the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award.

Rather than documents to monumentalize the historical fact of the Guantanamo camps, these images contrast the humanity of the post-prison domestic interiors and the spaces of the camps that were their homes to these men. The narrative of these images is confused and unsettled as the viewer is asked to jump from prison camp details to domestic still life and back again. This is intended to evoke the process of disorientation central to the techniques of interrogation and incarceration at Guantanamo, and to explore the legacy of disturbance such experiences have in the minds and memories of these men.

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