Richard Mosse - Incoming

March 8, 2017

 

 

 Walking in to the room you are immediately attracted to the monochrome surveillance of all his pieces. 

 

It was obvious that the use of the medium was to represent how external governance views the refugee crisis and refugees in general. 

 

Richard said this about his own work. "I used a military-grade camera designed for battlefield awareness and long-range border surveillance in an attempt to engage and confront the ways in which our governments represent - and therefore regard - the refugee... This powerful tool was not designed for storytelling and was never intended to be used aesthetically. We wanted to use the technology against itself to create and immersive, humanist art form, allowing the viewer to meditate on the profoundly difficult and frequently tragic journeys of refugees through the metaphors of hypothermia, global warming, border enforcement, mortality and what Giorgio Agamben has called the 'bare life' of stateless people."

 

 

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