Richard Mosse Lecture
Richard Mosse's photography captures the beauty and tragedy in war and destruction. Mosse has shot abandoned plane wrecks in the furthest reaches of the planet and the former palaces of Uday and Saddam Hussein now occupied by US military forces. His most recent series, Infra, captures the ongoing war between rebel factions and the Congolese national army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Infra series is marked by Mosse's use of Kodak Aerochrome, a discontinued reconnaissance infrared film. The film registers chlorophyll in live vegetation. The result is the lush Congolese rainforest rendered into a beautifully surreal landscape of pinks and reds. In 2013 Mosse represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale with The Enclave, an immersive six-channel video installation that utilized 16mm infrared film. Mosse said in an interview with The British Journal of Photography, "I wanted to export this technology to a harder situation, to up-end the generic conventions of calcified mass-media narratives and challenge the way we're allowed to represent this forgotten conflict.... I wanted to confront this military reconnaissance technology, to use it reflexively in order to question the ways in which war photography is constructed."
Mosse's work is collected worldwide and he has exhibited internationally at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; FotoMuseum Antwerp; FOAM, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; Portland Museum of Art; DHC/ART, Montreal, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. Mosse was the recipient of the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.