- 5 years ago
On 26/03/12, Richard Mosse gave a tour of his UK premier of Infra at Open Eye Gallery.
Richard discusses his experience of dealing with fixers, bullet-proof militia and travelling from freezer to freezer in the Congo.
Skip to 2:25 for the beginning of the talk - or listen to Richard's candid (positive!) thoughts on Charline von Heyl at Tate Liverpool to one member of the audience.
On his journeys in eastern Congo between 2010-11, Mosse photographed rebel groups constantly switching allegiances, fighting nomadically in a jungle war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres, and systematic sexual violence. These narratives urgently need telling but can't be easily described.
Infra offers a radical rethinking of how to depict a conflict as complex as that of the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The images initiate a dialogue with photography that begins as a meditation on a broken documentary genre, but ends as an elegy for a land touched by tragedy.