Richard Mosse - The Enclave
Exhibition, Foam Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21 March – 01 June.
Foam presents the major new multi-media installation that represented Ireland at the 55th International Biennale di Venezia. It consists of six large screens depicting the conflict situation in the Congo, shot with infrared film designed for camouflage detection, resulting in vibrant, psychedelic, magenta-coloured sites in the jungle war zone. The Enclave immerses the viewer in a challenging and sinister world, exploring aesthetics in a situation of profound human suffering. At the heart of the project is an attempt to bring two counter-worlds into a collision: art's potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography's capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world.