Bagram Airbase is the biggest base of ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ in Afghanistan and the busiest military airfield in the world. With power plants, sewage treatment, waste disposal, hospitals and tented suburbs it is a small town, a home from home for 40,000 military personnel and contractors. The vast majority of these never leave the base and never engage the enemy. Their daily experience of war during their six or nine month tours of duty is represented by the spaces in this series; the places where eat, sleep, work, play and pray as they service 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.