Richard Mosse’s The Enclave comes to London

Richard Mosse, Safe From Harm, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)

Irish artist Richard Mosse brings his powerfully political multimedia installation, The Enclave to London’s Vinyl Factory for his first solo show in the city.

Originally displayed at the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013, Richard Mosse‘s work depicts the years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through a beautifully skewed filter of bubblegum pinks and reds. Mosse happened upon a type of film – created for military purposes – that highlights foliage in bright pink, in order to detect the enemy among deep jungle growth. This sinister original purpose, and the despair of the subject matter is made poetic and intangible through the stunning color scheme.

A soundscape accompanies the six video screens, which play in a loop at various points of the film. The installation becomes a barrage on the senses, in a distorting, gear-shifting experience that swings between the chaotic lifestyle of both the displayed peoples and the rebels, and the oddly glorious beauty that emerges on the screen.

Mosse came to our attention some time ago and his work was key in influencing the color palettes of Stylesight’s F/W 13 Megatrend, Marvel. See this exhibition, The Enclave, at the underground car park of The Vinyl Factory until April 26th. – Louise Stuart Trainor

Richard Mosse: The Impossible Image from Frieze on Vimeo.

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