A horrifying and brutal journey through the disaster of eastern Congo.
Extract from Richard Mosse’s major work ”The Enclave” as presented at the Irish pavilion in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
The Enclave immerses the viewer in a challenging and sinister world, posing aesthetic questions in a situation of profound human suffering. At the heart of the project, as Mosse states, is an attempt to bring “two counter-worlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world.”
Throughout 2012, Richard Mosse and his collaborators Trevor Tweeten and Ben Frost travelled in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, infiltrating armed rebel groups in a war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres and systematic sexual violence.The resulting installation, The Enclave, is the culmination of Mosse’s attempt to radically rethink war photography. It is a search for more adequate strategies to represent a forgotten African tragedy in which 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes in eastern Congo since 1998.
Richard Mosse’s (b 1980) practice resides at the intersection between documentary photography and contemporary art. He seeks to challenge and transgress traditional conventions of war photography through unmitigated aesthetic strategies insituations of tragedy and conflict. His work has been exhibited at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Barbican Art Gallery, London; Bass Museum, Miami; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Kunsthaus Munich; Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Open Eye Liverpool; and the SanFrancisco Museum of Modern Art.
Mosse has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts, and a Visual Arts Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. Mosse holds an MFA in photography from Yale University and a postgraduate diploma in fine art from Goldsmiths College, London.
Richard Mosse ”The Enclave” | extract | filmed by Out of Sync | Venice Oct 2013
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Richard Mosse
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