Richard Mosse, ‘You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are, North Kivu, Eastern Congo’, 2012, Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse finds beauty in savage, war-torn landscapes around the world. Taken on a February dawn in 2012, this photograph captures the front lines of intense, ongoing conflict in North Kivu along the Congo-Rwanda border; its title is borrowed from a Steve Reich song. Works from this series will be shown alongside a six-channel film installation as part of Mosse’s project for the Irish Pavilion.

Series: Infra Series

About Richard Mosse

Photographer and filmmaker Richard Mosse focuses on war-torn regions, capturing the effects of conflict on landscapes and people in lush, cinematic images. Mosse situates his practice between documentary journalism and contemporary art practice, explaining that he seeks to represent the unrepresentable in order to “help us begin to describe, and thereby account for, what exists at the limits of human articulation.” The current American-Iraqi war and the ongoing rebel conflict in the Eastern Congo are among the conflicts Mosse has recorded. He is best known for “Infra” (2010-11), a series of luridly colored, large-scale photographs of the fighters, inhabitants, and landscapes of the Eastern Congo. By shooting with Kodak Aerochrome, an infrared surveillance film that renders greens into acid pinks and reds, Mosse offers a searing, psychedelic vision of the warscape and those who suffer within it.

Irish, b. 1980, Kilkenny, Ireland, based in New York, New York