Kilkenny, Ireland, May 8, 2013 – The Pavilion of Ireland at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia has announced a benefit print by Richard Mosse titled, You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are.
The print has been produced to support Richard Mosse’s multi-media installation for the Pavilion of Ireland, The Enclave, with all monies received from the sale of the print going directly towards project costs. You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are is an edition of 30 Digital C-prints, including two artist proofs, and is being offered for $4,500 or €3,500 (unframed).
The landscape in the photograph shows the front line between M23 rebels and the Congolese army (FARDC) at Kibumba in North Kivu. This area is currently the site of intense fighting and an ongoing stand off by M23 rebels who occupy an enclave along the Congo-Rwanda-Uganda boder. M23 recently launched a major offensive from Kibumba and took the city of Goma, in spite of heavy defence from the FARDC backed up UN troops. The dramatic pink and purple tones of the landscape are the result of Mosse’s use of a discontinued military reconnaissance film, originally used for camouflage detection, which registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light. The photograph was taken at dawn in February 2012, and the title of the piece was borrowed from a song by American composer Steve Reich.
Richard Mosse, You Are Wherever Your Thoughts Are, North Kivu, Eastern Congo, 2012. Digital C-print. Image size: 30 x 38 inches; 76.2 x 96.5 cm. Paper size: 32 x 40 inches; 81.2 x 101.6 cm. Edition of 30 (2 AP’s)
In Support of Richard Mosse: The Enclave, The Pavilion of Ireland, At the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaAbout the Artist Richard Mosse’s (b. Kilkenny, Ireland, 1980) practice resides at the intersection between documentary photography and contemporary art. Drawing from the Romantics, Surrealism, psychedelia, punk, and modern military reconnaissance technologies, he seeks to challenge and transgress traditional conventions of war photography through unmitigated aesthetic strategies in situations of tragedy and conﬂict. His work has been exhibited at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Barbican Art Gallery, London; Bass Museum, Miami; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Kunsthaus Munich; Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Open Eye Liverpool; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Mosse has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts, and a Visual Arts Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. Mosse holds an MFA in photography from Yale University and a postgraduate diploma in ﬁne art from Goldsmiths College, London. He also holds a ﬁrst-class BA in English literature from King’s College London and an MA in cultural studies from the London Consortium (ICA, AA, Tate, Birkbeck). Aperture Foundation and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting co-published his ﬁrst monograph, Infra, in 2012. Mosse is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.