Systems of Control

Systems of Control

In 2011, photographer Edmund Clark was given exclusive access to work and stay in a house holding a man suspected of involvement with terrorist-related activity.

The resulting Control Order House series explores this form of detention through photographs, architectural representations and handwritten documents, questioning the boundaries between domestic and carceral space whilst engaging with with state control and censorship.

As the artist notes: “This seemingly ordinary duplex in a very ordinary suburb is the physical manifestation of a form of detention without trial in the UK.”

The body of work is on display at Parrotta Contemporary, Cologne, from 7 September. Find out more here. 

1. Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition (together with Crofton Black), 2011 – 2016.  Courtesy Parrotta Contemporary Art, Cologne/Bonn ©Edmund Clark
2. Bedroom, from the series Control Order House. Edmund Clark, 2012.
3. Control Order House, 2011. Courtesy Parrotta Contemporary Art, Cologne/Bonn ©Edmund Clark