For Edmund Clark, incarceration in any given country is a reflection of its culture. It provides social, political, economic and historical clues to the nation’s identity. In the case of Guantanamo, the institution and its methods are an example of how a state responds to the fear of terrorism in a time of chaos. With a historian’s hindsight, Clark studies this microsystem by approaching the domestic space: the cells, the naval base where the soldiers live, and the prisoner’s homes are three distinct areas which the photographer weaves into a complex narrative guided by patterns, shapes and colors. In an environment of total control where the retrieval of information is the primary objective, the authorities employ psychological methods which Clark translates using his camera, expressing the invisible thanks to aesthetic characteristics.
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