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Heartbreaking, Stunning Infrared Photography from The Congo

posted on July 26th 2013 in Arts & Books & Photography & Social with 0 Comments

Throughout 2012, Irish photographer Richard Mosse and his collaborators, Trevor Tweeten and Ben Frost, traveled the Democratic Republic of Congo, taking video and photographs of rebel groups with Kodak Aerochrome film. Developed for the military in the 1940s, the infrared film captures greens in shades of pink and red and became popular in the psychedelic culture of the 1960s.

The resulting photographs, currently installed in Ireland’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale and available from Aperture as a book and a limited edition box set, constitute a series that rethinks the tension between a photograph’s violent or disturbing content and its aesthetic virtue. As noted at a discussion at New York-based art collective Triple Canopy, “Mosse makes vivid how cruelty can be sublime and violence can ravage or remake a landscape in ways we may politically detest but also find visually arresting, even beautiful.” 

Lac VertRichard Mosse, Lac Vert, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. A Dream That Can LastRichard Mosse, A Dream That Can Last, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Heartbreak HotelRichard Mosse, Heartbreak Hotel, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Suspicious MindsRichard Mosse, Suspicious Minds, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Only Love Can Break Your HeartRichard Mosse, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Tombstone BluesRichard Mosse, Tombstone Blues, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. PlatonRichard Mosse, Platon, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Safe From HarmRichard Mosse, Safe From Harm, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Of Lillies and RemainsRichard Mosse, Of Lillies and Remains, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Wrap Your Troubles in DreamsRichard Mosse, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

Check out more pictures from the project INFRA.

Top photo credits: Richard Mosse. Vintage Violence, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2011. 

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