The crude nature of war in dreamlike photos

Richard Mosse - Vintage violence, 2011, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MosseVintage violence, 2011
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse’s commanding video installation The Enclave (2013) transcends art by also encompassing anthropology and journalism. It was produced by means of a recently superseded military film technology designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged mechanisms concealed within the landscape. This film is rendered in vivid tones of lavender, crimson, and pink. Mosse utilized this film to document the ongoing conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in which 5.4 million people have died since 1998 and is fundamentally ignored by the mass media.

Congo’s conflict has (depending on your version of history), been going (on and off) for over 100 years, following the annexation of the Congo by Belgium’s King Leopold in 1908. The conflict has continued more consistently since 1997. Like the mainstream media the international political community has largely turned its back on the Congo. Recurrent massacres, human rights violations, and prevalent sexual violence continue on, The Enclave attempts to bring to light this forgotten, to make this humanitarian disaster unforgotten and visible. Mosse’s work comprises of six double-sided screens installed in a large darkened room (scroll down for photos), thus producing a corporeally immersive experience.

This disorienting and variegated installation is supposed to visually parallel eastern Congo’s complex conflict, bewildering expectations by compelling the audience to interact with the imagery from a collection of divergent viewpoints.

The imagery is both psychedelic and disturbing, Mosse’s view makes the forgotten unforgettable, the devastation that is currently invisible to mainstream society something that will never be unseen. It is important that the international community not forgets nor ignores what has happened and continues to happen in the area. Families torn apart, prominence of violence and death stemming from the conflict, neighbors turning into enemies- this should never be forgotten. For those who visit Mosse’s installation, it is very likely that the conflict that the images portray will never be forgotten.

Richard Mosse - Invasive Exotics, 2012. Digital c-print. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MosseInvasive Exotics, 2012. Digital c-print.
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - La Vie En Rose, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010
Richard MosseLa Vie En Rose, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2010

Richard Mosse - Lost Fun Zone, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, digital C print, 72 x 90 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseLost Fun Zone, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, digital C print, 72 x 90 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Madonna and Child, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 35 x 28 inches. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseMadonna and Child, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 35 x 28 inches
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Nowhere To Run, 2012
Richard MosseNowhere To Run, 2012

Richard Mosse - Only Love Can Break Your Heart, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseOnly Love Can Break Your Heart, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Platon, 2012. Digital c-print. © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MossePlaton, 2012. Digital c-print
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Poison Glen, South Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 50 x 80 inches, Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MossePoison Glen, South Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 50 x 80 inches
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Protection, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, digital C print, 60 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseProtection, North Kivu, East Congo, 2012, digital C print, 60 x 48 inches
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Of Lillies and Remains, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, digital C print, 72 x 90 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseOf Lillies and Remains, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, digital C print, 72 x 90 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Safe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 48 x 60 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseSafe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012 Digital C print, 48 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Lac Vert, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)
Richard MosseLac Vert, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)

Richard Mosse - She Brings the Rain, 2011
Richard MosseShe Brings the Rain, 2011

Richard Mosse - Simple Twist of Fate, 2012
Richard MosseSimple Twist of Fate, 2012

Richard Mosse - Sonic Youth, 2012
Richard MosseSonic Youth, 2012

Richard Mosse - Suspicious Minds, 2012 digital c-print 48 x 60 inches
Richard MosseSuspicious Minds, 2012, digital c-print 48 x 60 inches

Richard Mosse - The Enclave, 2012-13, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 16mm infrared film transferred to HD video
Richard MosseThe Enclave, 2012-13, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 16mm infrared film transferred to HD video

Richard Mosse - Thousands are Sailing I, 2012  Digital c-print, ed. 2 of 5  40 x 50 in, Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MosseThousands are Sailing I, 2012, Digital c-print, ed. 2 of 5 40 x 50 in
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Thousands Are Sailing II, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, Sammlung von Kelterborn, Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Carlier Gebauer and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseThousands Are Sailing II, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Carlier Gebauer and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Tombstone Blues, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, digital C print, 48 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseTombstone Blues, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, digital C print, 48 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Two Soldiers- Man-Size, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2011 Digital C print, 72 x 90 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseTwo Soldiers- Man-Size, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2011 Digital C print, 72 x 90 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - Untitled Transient, 2012. Digital c-print. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Richard MosseUntitled Transient, 2012. Digital c-print
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Wave of Mutilation, 2012
Richard MosseWave of Mutilation, 2012

Richard Mosse - Weeping Song, 2012. Digital c-print. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Richard MosseWeeping Song, 2012. Digital c-print
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, North Kivu, eastern Congo, digital C print, 60 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard MosseWrap Your Troubles In Dreams, North Kivu, eastern Congo, digital C print, 60 x 48 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - At Home he is a Tourist, 2012, Courtesy of The Vinyl Factory
Richard MosseAt Home he is a Tourist, 2012, Courtesy of The Vinyl Factory

Richard Mosse - Better Than The Real Thing, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012, Jack Shainman Gallery and carlier | gebauer
Richard MosseBetter Than The Real Thing, North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012
Jack Shainman Gallery and carlier | gebauer

Richard Mosse - Colonel Soleils Boys, 2010, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MosseColonel Soleils Boys, 2010
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Drag 2012, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MosseDrag, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - First we take Manhattan, 2012, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MosseFirst we take Manhattan, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Heartbreak Hotel, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)
Richard MosseHeartbreak Hotel, 2012, from The Enclave (Aperture, 2013)

Richard Mosse - Higher ground, 2012, C photograph, 227.0 × 185.0 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard MosseHigher ground, 2012, C photograph, 227.0 × 185.0 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Hombo Walikale, 2012, Digital c-print
Richard MosseHombo Walikale, 2012, Digital c-print

Richard Mosse - I Shall Be Released, 2015 - Digital c-print - 102cm x 127cm - Edition of five + 1AP
Richard MosseI Shall Be Released, 2015 – Digital c-print – 102cm x 127cm – Edition of five + 1AP

Richard Mosse - Installation view, The Enclave, 2012–2013. 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard Mosse – Installation view, The Enclave, 2012–2013. 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Installation view, The Enclave, 2012–2013. 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Richard Mosse – Installation view, The Enclave, 2012–2013. 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - Installation view, The Enclave, 2012–2013. 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Richard Mosse – Installation view, The Enclave, 2012–2013. 16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video. Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Richard Mosse - 2013 (16mm stills) Six screen film installation Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard Mosse – 2013 (16mm stills), Six screen film installation
Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - 2013 (16mm stills) Six screen film installation Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard Mosse – 2013 (16mm stills), Six screen film installation
Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - 2013 (16mm stills) Six screen film installation Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard Mosse – 2013 (16mm stills), Six screen film installation
Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - 2013 (16mm stills) Six screen film installation Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard Mosse – 2013 (16mm stills), Six screen film installation
Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - 2013 (16mm stills) Six screen film installation Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard Mosse – 2013 (16mm stills), Six screen film installation
Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Richard Mosse - 2013 (16mm stills) Six screen film installation Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery
Richard Mosse – 2013 (16mm stills), Six screen film installation
Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

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