– HEART OF DARKNESS

yesterdays post led to some discussion on art and ethics. Working with ethical questions (I am following Deleuze’s distinction between ethics and moral), is to my mind a – or maybe the – central challenge for contemporary art. Maybe the new isn’t just about making new inventions, but just as much about showing us the old stuff – the old horrible suffering – in new ways, so that some of us can stand up and take action?

(Am I now supporting a therapeutic way of looking at art?)

Here I will show you an outstanding work by the Irish born artist Richard Mosse, an image from his series The Enclave, a multichannel video installation, originally commissioned for the Irish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

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Richard Mosse documents a haunting landscape touched by appalling human tragedy in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have died of war related causes since 1998. Shot on discontinued military surveillance film, the resulting imagery registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, and renders the jungle warzone in disorienting psychedelic hues. At the project’s heart are the points of failure of documentary photography. It is an attempt to find an alternate strategy to adequately communicate this complex and horrific cycle of violence.

Mosse’s work is on show both in Amsterdam and in London this spring.


 

Richard Mosse was born in 1980 in Ireland and is based in New York. He earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London in 2005 and an MFA in Photography from Yale School of Art in 2008.

 


5 thoughts on “– HEART OF DARKNESS

    1. I’ve just recently discovered that all kinds of oppositional-para-military-groups, from all over the world; from Latin-America, via South-Africa to Ukraine, seems to be sponsored by Adidas …

  1. I agree–wow. And fascinating use of discarded military materiel…I’ve seen other art using military discards, and I can’t help but think of turning swords into ploughshares (or, swords into art…)

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