Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
‘Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition’ is a complex portrayal of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s secret detention practices in the war on terror and the process of investigating them. It reflects five years of work by counter-terrorism investigator Crofton Black and photographer Edmund Clark on secret detention sites, the logistical structures which enabled them and the people held in them.
The exhibition interweaves photographs of sites associated with the detention programme with documents that identify them and relate to them: declassified government reports, freedom of information disclosures, lawsuits, invoices, contracts and other minutiae of the business transactions that underpinned a worldwide network of covert jails. Black and Clark’s work evokes the appearance of disappearance: it traces the mundane bureaucracy of modern warfare and public complicity in it, exposes the strikeouts and redactions of official accounts and explores the vanishing points of accountability, knowledge and the law.
Edmund Clark and Crofton Black’s project is part of the group exhibition Archivi del futuro, curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.