Bagram Airbase is the biggest base of ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ in Afghanistan and home to 40,000 military personnel, the vast majority of whom never leave the base and never engage the enemy. These photographs represent their experience of Afghanistan – the dystopian relationship between the constant looming presence of the mountains around the base and the man-made landscape within the walls. At Bagram the Taliban still send rudimentary rockets into the world’s busiest military airfield. Like the mountains in which they hide they are ever present; waiting beyond the walls for the end of Enduring Freedom.
Edmund Clark is an award-winning artist interested in linking history, politics and representation. His work traces ideas of shared humanity, otherness and unseen experience through landscape, architecture and the documents, possessions and environments of subjects of political tension. Recent works ‘Guantanamo: If The Light Goes Out’ 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’. Clark’s work has been acquired for national and international collections including, in Britain, The National Portrait Gallery, The Imperial War Museum and The National Media Museum. He was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Hood Medal for outstanding photography for public service in 2011 and shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet for 2012 for the theme of Power.