Richard Mosse’s Beautifully Violent ‘Infra’

By Judith Perez

Mar 19, 2012 10:39am

Richard Mosse’s Infra offers a radical rethinking of how to depict a conflict as complex as the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shot on Aerochrome, a discontinued false-color reversal infrared film originally produced for surveillance purposes for the U.S. military, the film’s sensitivity to color sets the landscape against a bed of violently fuchsia-tinged pinks. Infra has been said to have initiated a dialogue with photography that begins as a stimulating manifestation, but ends hauntingly for the beautifully colored land that has been drenched by unspeakable tragedy.

 

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General Février, 2010

 

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Men of Good Fortune, 2011

 

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Colonel Soleil’s Boys, 2010

 

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Rebel Rebel, 2011

 

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Triumph of the Will, 2011

 

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Come Out (1966) II, 2011

 

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Nowhere To Run, 2010

 

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Ruby Tuesday, 2011

All images by  Richard Mosse/Institute/Jack Shainman Gallery

 

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