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Richard Mosse: The Enclave

August 27, 2015 – June 10, 2016
Richard Mosse, Untitled Transient (film still), 2012. Digital c-print, 40 x 50 inches. 41 1/2 x 51 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (framed). © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The Nasher Museum presented Richard Mosse’s The Enclave, an immersive 40-minute six-channel video installation shot in eastern Congo.

The Central African nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo has endured nearly two decades of political instability, rampant corruption and an ongoing civil war. Artist Richard Mosse spent several years travelling there and taking photographs with an aerial surveillance film called Kodak Aerochrome. Developed by the U.S. military during World War II to identify camouflaged targets, this film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, transforming the green foliage of the landscape into vivid shades of pink, lavender and crimson. Using this distinct medium, Mosse and his collaborators, cinematographer Trevor Tweeten and composer Ben Frost, embedded themselves into armed Congolese rebel groups and captured footage of daily life in the region. The Enclave, a kaleidoscopic multi-channel video and sound installation, is the culmination of this work. It is a beautiful and haunting look at a region of Africa that has been plagued by civil war, political instability and humanitarian crises for decades. The work debuted at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, where Mosse represented Ireland, and was on view in the Southeast for the first time at the Nasher Museum.

Richard Mosse was born in 1980 in Ireland and is based in New York. He earned an MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art in 2008 and a postgraduate diploma in fine art from Goldsmiths, London, in 2005. Mosse has exhibited at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; the Bass Museum of Art, Miami; the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; the Dublin Contemporary Biennial and the Tate Modern, London. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

The presentation of Richard Mosse: The Enclave at the Nasher Museum was made possible by Trent Carmichael, Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr, Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan, Caroline and Arthur Rogers, and Gail M.D. Belvett.

Related Reading

Cultural Politics journal cover featuring a still from Richard Mosse's The Enclave

Learn more about artist Richard Mosse from a cover story in the journal Cultural Politics, published by Duke University Press.

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