Richard Mosse l The Enclave

The Enclave – Colour in Conflict

Artist Richard Mosse has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014, with his exhibition The Enclave, which documents the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo – unconventionally. Originally shown at the Venice Art Biennale in 2013, Mosse’s surreal images (plus a film made in collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten) were shot using an extinct infrared colour film, which was originally used by the military to identify camouflaged targets. It has enabled Mosse to effectively paint the Congolese landscape in vivid, outlandish, otherworldly pink.

Richard Mosse l The Enclave

Poison Glen, South Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 50 x 80 inches
© Richard Mosse Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Two Soldiers: Man-Size, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2011 Digital C print, 72 x 90 inches
© Richard Mosse
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Two Soldiers: Man-Size, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2011 Digital C print, 72 x 90 inches
© Richard Mosse
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

The artist wanted to challenge conventional reportage, or rather highlight its failures at communicating tragedy and horror. In an interview with Frieze Magazine, he noted the lack of reportage about the region’s war and how his work became about, “the visible, makes visible the un-seeable.”

Safe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 48 x 60 inches
© Richard Mosse
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Safe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 48 x 60 inches
© Richard Mosse
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

The Enclave is showing at The Photographers’ Gallery, London until 22 June 2014.



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