Richard Mosse: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Jan 14, 2012 – Apr 15, 2012
  • The Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum Gallery, The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery
Richard Mosse, "General Février, North Kivu, Eastern Congo (Infra
series)", 2010, Cibachrome print, Courtesy of the artist and Jack
Shainman Gallery, New York.

Photographer Richard Mosse has spent the last two years shooting a new series of work titled Infra in the eastern Congo. The artist is known for his restrained and highly aestheticized views of sites associated with violence and fear, such as his 2008 depictions of the war in Iraq, and his large-scale photographs of airplane crash sites and emergency drills. For his work in the Congo, Mosse used Kodak Aerochrome, an infrared film designed in connection with the United States military to detect camouflage in the 1940s. The film reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can perceive, turning the lush landscape of the Congo into a bubblegum pink. This hue contrasts dramatically with the severe environment within which the people of the eastern Congo live and draws our attention to the complex social and political dynamics of the country. Beginning in 1998, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) became the site of the widest interstate war in modern African history, which has claimed millions of lives. Although the conflict was thought to have subsided in 2006, with the first free elections, thousands continue to die as a result of the ongoing conflict, most due to hunger and disease.
Richard Mosse (b. 1980, Dublin, Ireland) received his MFA from Yale University, an MRes in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, and a BA in English Literature from Kings College, London. He also received a postgraduate diploma in fine art from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has had solo exhibitions at the Fotofest 2010 Biennial, Houston, TX; the Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, Ireland (2009); and Derby University (2007), among others. He received a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008. His work is included in the collections of the Musee d’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO.
As the Spring 2012 Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mosse will present a lecture and gallery talk on his work and participate in MFA graduate student critiques.
The exhibition is organized by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions. Special thanks to Assistant Professor of Art, Sarah Martin, and the 2010/11 Falk Visiting Artist Committee.

Related programs:

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Feb 14 @ 12pm

Artist Gallery Talk • Wed Mar 28 @ 4pm (Open to UNCG students, faculty + staff)

Artist Lecture • Thu Mar 29 @ 5:30pm (Open to the public)

Art for Lunch • Wed Apr 4 @ 12pm

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