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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. 


Stan B. said...

Wasn't aware it was sacrilege not to like this particular set of photographs; I guess if one grew up in the '60s-'70s the novelty isn't quite there (but then I always thought Apocalypse Now laughable at best).

The film does look considerably better, not necessarily because of the color- but because of the extra info and insight provided by the medium of film as you suggest.

colin pantall said...

Thanks Stan. Nobody wrote that they didn't like them - which isn't quite sacrilege but you know... it's a blog and things are vague and loose at the best of times.

Yes, 60s and 70s - loads of infra-red and daft messing with colour?