Photographer Richard Mosse sheds new light on civil war in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in his eye-catching film project, The Enclave
Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths. But we seem to hear very little about it.
The Irish photographer Richard Mosse filmed strange footage of the country in his art work The Enclave using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infrared rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves. Hear Richard Mosse talk about the work and how he made it in this film by Frieze.
Though the images captured on film in The Enclave are entirely real, the war-torn landscape looks like a dream world. How does this affect the way you think about the war?
All images Richard Mosse, The Enclave (film still), 2012–13. Produced in North and South Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo © Richard Mosse. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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