‘platon, north kivu, eastern congo’, 2012
all images courtesy jack shainman gallery
irish photographer richard mosse is celebrated for his striking imagery of eastern congo, and presents ‘infrared landscapes’ at the armory show in new york from the 7th through to the 10th of march, 2013. the photographs are full and rich – the arresting deep reds and crimson hues, candy floss trees and savannah grasses aflame with color. all these surreal elements created through a combination of an obsolete wooden field camera and a rare technique produced by kodak aerochrome, a product developed for military use in the detection of aerial bombing targets. in the late 1960s, the medium was appropriated in artwork for rock musicians like the grateful dead or jimi hendrix, setting the tone for the sublime psychedelic aesthetic of the time.
‘beaucoups of blues, north kivu, eastern congo’, november 2012
of lillies and remains (busurungi & hombo), 2012
‘the enclave’, production still, trevor tweeten (cinematographer) shooting arriflex 16mm camera mounted on steadicam in south masisi, nov 2012
mosse will also be representing ireland with a new work titled ‘the enclave’, a major eight-channel multi-media installation on the subject of the ongoing conflict in the democratic republic of congo”. at the 55th international art exhibition – la biennale di venezia from the 1st of june through to the 24th of november. infusing this technique with documentary journalism, mosse has produced an immersive five-screen multimedia work depicting the stories of many discrete rebel enclaves in eastern congo. during a period of two years mosse and his team engaged as journalists within armed groups, which fight nomadically in a war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres and systematic sexual violence. a blend of film, photography, and sound recorded during these trips have been used in the production of the monumental piece.
‘the enclave’, production still, showing trevor tweeten (cinematographer) and john holten (assistant) with M23 rebels in virunga national park, north kivu, shortly before the battle for goma in november 2012
richard mosse (right) with trevor tweeten (left), inside the enclave held by general janvier’s APCLS rebels, march 2011
photo by robert shamwami