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Exhibition: Richard Mosse's 'The Enclave'

Richard Mosse, The Enclave (2012–13)
16mm infrared film transferred to HD video, 39:25 mins. Courtesy: The artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Photo: Liz Eve.

Exhibition: Richard Mosse's 'The Enclave'

Event dates

Saturday, 15 March, 2014 to Saturday, 7 June, 2014


14 March 2014 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event times

Tuesday - Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Galleries UNSW will present the Australian premiere of The Enclave, a major six-channel video installation by Richard Mosse that represented Ireland in the 55th Venice Biennale. The Enclave is the culmination of Mosse’s work in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mosse was drawn to eastern Congo because of the inherent problems of representing its cancerous cycle of war. Struck by the absence of a concrete trace of the conflict on the landscape, Mosse documented rebel enclaves and sites of human rights violations in a way that attempts to overturn traditional realism, and see beneath the surface.

Using an extinct type of infrared film once employed by the military to detect camouflaged installations from the air, Mosse renders The Heart of Darkness in irradiating technicolor. With a significantly slower life than images constructed by photojournalism, Mosse’s highly aesthetic approach considers problematic imagery from an oblique angle that strategically allows a different temporality in seeing. Mosse embraces the infrared medium’s subtle shift in wavelength in an attempt to challenge documentary photography, and engage with the unseen, hidden and intangible aspects of eastern Congo’s situation—a tragically overlooked conflict in which 5.4 million people have died of war related causes since 1998.

To produce The Enclave, Mosse worked with the cinematographer Trevor Tweeten to evolve a style of long tracking shot made with Steadicam, resulting in a spectral, disembodied gaze shot on 16mm infrared film. The piece’s haunting, visceral soundscape is layered spatially by eleven-point surround sound, composed by Ben Frost from recordings gathered in North and South Kivu.

The Enclave comprises six monumental double-sided screens installed in a large darkened chamber creating a physically immersive experience. This disorienting and kaleidoscopic installation is intended to formally parallel eastern Congo’s multifaceted conflict, confounding expectations and forcing the viewer to interact spatially from an array of differing viewpoints. The Enclave is an experiential environment that attempts to reconfigure the dictates of photojournalism and expanded video art.

Mosse was born in 1980 in Ireland and is based in New York. He earned a Postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London, in 2005 and an MFA in Photography from Yale School of Art in 2008. Mosse is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism (2014), the B3 Award at the Frankfurt Biennale (2013), an ECAS Commission (2013), the Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), and a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship (2008–2010). Foreign Policy Magazine listed Mosse as a Leading Global Thinker of 2013.

Mosse’s most recent monograph, The Enclave, was published by Aperture Foundation in 2013 to accompany his presentation at the Venice Biennale.

The Enclave, 39 minutes 25 seconds, 16mm infrared film transferred to HD video
Produced in North and South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012-2013 

Director / Producer: Richard Mosse
Cinematographer / Editor: Trevor Tweeten
Composer / Sound Designer: Ben Frost
Production Assistant: John Holten
Colourist: Jerome Thelia
16mm processing: Rocky Mountain Film Lab
16mm scanning: Metropolis Film Labs
Projection: Eidotech


Galleries UNSW, COFA
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd,