I was commissioned to write this a few years ago for the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava (and thank you to all the photo...
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Richard Mosse: Not Boring or Trite
I never liked Richard Mosse's infrared pictures of Congo. I always felt the pictures never quite matched up to the statement, that it didn't quite do what it said on the tin.
At the same time, it was one of those projects that everyone loved (reactionary opinions including my own opinion don't count in this paragraph). So much so that it was almost sacrilege not to like it. In film terms, it would be like saying you think Distances Voices, Still Lives is boring and trite, or that Apocalypse Now is the biggest load of guff going or that Stalker is, oh dear, what, let's use boring and trite again.
But Mosse's infrared film, The Enclave, looks amazing from this clip of the installation that will be shown at the Venice Biennale. I especially like the posturing of the rebel soldiers. Posturing and soldiers go together so well and it is refreshing to see war broken down to its basics infantilism - a huge change from the rhetoric of heroism, bravery and sacrifice that we are so often presented with both verbally and visually.