Venice Biennale - Richard Mosse
The last of our Venice roundup has probably been the most blogged and talked about artist at the biennale, an achievement that is well deserved.
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Ireland's representative, Richard Mosse, has been photographing in the Congo for a while now using discontinued military infra-red film stock. Originally invented by the US military for detecting camouflage the film renders greens as shades of pink resulting in purple and pink landscapes. For the installation 'The Enclave', he brought along Cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and Composer Ben Frost to turn Mosse's unique style of war photography into a chilling sound and video installation.
The work comprises of multiple screens placed awkwardly for viewers around the room playing non linear videos at different times. This installation serves to make the viewer physically uncomfortable complementing the grim subject matter which then is contrasted by the aesthetically pleasing work.
Check out some stills from the video and go see the work if you have the chance.