Aperture In Person
Negative Publicity: Edmund Clark and Crofton Black in Conversation with Ivan Sigal
Wednesday, June 8
Join British photographer Edmund Clark and counterterrorism investigator Crofton Black for a conversation about their recently published book, Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition (Aperture/Magnum Foundation, 2016), which explores the unseen and unpublicized aspects of the United States’ war on terror.
Negative Publicity includes previously unpublished photographs and documents that confront the nature of contemporary warfare and the invisible mechanisms of state control, and raises fundamental questions about the accountability and complicity of governments and corporations in acts of torture and imprisonment without due process.
The conversation will be moderated by Ivan Sigal, and will be followed by a book signing.
Edmund Clark is an award-winning artist whose work links history, politics, and representation. The series Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out, Letters to Omar, and Control Order House engage with state censorship to explore the hidden experiences and spaces of control and incarceration in the “Global War on Terror.” The Mountains of Majeed reflects on the end of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history. Clark’s work has been published and exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and acquired for national and international collections, including the George Eastman House Museum, Rochester, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and, in Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, and the National Media Museum. Awards include the Royal Photographic Society Hood Medal for outstanding photography for public service, the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award, and being shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet for the theme of Power. He teaches at the University of the Arts London. His work is the subject of major solo exhibitions Edmund Clark: War of Terror at the Imperial War Museum, London, from July 28, 2016, to August 28, 2017, and Terror Incognitus at Zephyr Raum für Fotografie, Reiss-Engelhorn Museen, Mannheim, Germany, from January 31 to July 3, 2016.
Crofton Black has spent several years carrying out in-depth international investigations into counterterrorism tactics on behalf of the human rights group Reprieve, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and other organizations. He has a doctorate of philosophy from the University of London on the topic of early modern hermeneutics, and was formerly an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Ivan Sigal’s work employs photography, video, and writing as vehicles to challenge narrative practices in media. He builds projects that bridge media systems theory with the creation of alternative media organizations. He is the author of White Road (Steidl, 2012), a book of photography and writing about Siberia and Central Asia, which was also a solo exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. His most recent work, KCR, a multichannel interactive installation about a defunct commuter railway in Karachi, is currently traveling. Ivan is the executive director of Global Voices and an affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, furthering research in digital storytelling and networked publics.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.