in Frieze London | 16 SEP 22

Richard Mosse (Jack Shainman, Stand B8)

b. 1980, Kilkenny, Ireland; lives and works in New York City, USA

in Frieze London | 16 SEP 22

Presenting at Frieze London 2022 as part of Indra's Net, curated by Sandhini Poddar

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Richard Mosse is celebrated for his photographs and films that blur the boundaries between documentary forms of historiography and Conceptualism.

Mosse’s ongoing photographic series, 'Tristes Tropiques', consists of a series of colourful, pungent topographical maps, depicting sites of environmental crime in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. These are maps of a living, throbbing but vulnerable biome, affected by ecocide. Employing geographic information system (GIS) technology in an indexical and reflexive manner, Mosse processes thousands of images captured by drones to highlight areas that are at their existential tipping point.

At Frieze London, Mosse’s photograph, Flooded Municipality, Amazonas, 2021, shows a flooded residential area, as hydropower continues to destroy vast tracts of rainforest and kill aquatic life, while displacing riverine and indigenous communities. In Mosse’s hands, these maps become agents of activism and poetic resistance, speaking out against humanity’s crimes against the earth in the face of continued capitalist extraction.

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Main image: courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman