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Control Order House, Edmund Clark
Control Order House, Edmund Clark
Control Order House, Edmund Clark
Control Order House, Edmund Clark
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Control Order House, Edmund Clark

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Originally printed in 2013 in an edition of 250, the book has been out of print for two years. This new edition is released to coincide with Clark’s major solo exhibition at IWM (Imperial War Museum) London, which opens 28 July 2016 and continues until 28 August 2017.

In 2011, Clark was the first artist to work and stay in a house in which a man suspected of involvement with terrorist-related activity was placed under a Control Order in the UK.

Control Order House explores this form of detention through photographs and architectural representations of the house, and the handwritten diary of the man known only as CE. The book includes redacted documents relating to CE’s case. Clark’s implication in the process is further revealed through his correspondence from the Home Office, which makes clear the control and censorship imposed on his work inside the house. Any material could become part of CE’s case.

Clark says: ‘This archetypal semi-detached house in a faceless suburb is the physical manifestation of a form of detention without trial in the UK. It represents the reaction of a government and society to the fear and chaos of terrorist attacks.’

Control Order House engages with ideas of control in photography by foregoing the normal process of editing and mediation to reproduce the images, unedited, in the order in which Clark took them, exploring the monotony and claustrophobia of a controlled person’s life. The inclusion of official documents and correspondence also illustrates the weight of state actors against the individual.

Published by Here Press 
192 Pages
Edition of 500
290 x 210 mm




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