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Film still from The Enclave, 2012-2013, showing a rebel from Mai Mai Yakutumba posing in Elephant Grass in Fizi, South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
16 mm infrared film transferred to HD video, 39 minutes 25 seconds
Produced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Director/Producer: Richard Mosse, Cinematographer/Editor: Trevor Tweeten
Composer/Sound Designer: Ben Frost
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
The Enclave: Richard Mosse
PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES • Portland Art Museum • 8 November 2014 - 12 April 2015
The Portland Art Museum is the first U.S. museum to present Richard Mosse’s (born in Ireland in 1980) video installation The Enclave (2013). The work, which premiered at the 2013 Venice Biennale in the Irish Pavilion runs through 12 April 2015. Several of his monumental photographs from the Democratic Republic of Congo are also on view.
The Enclave was produced using a recently discontinued military film technology originally designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged installations hidden in the landscape. This film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink. On the threshold of the medium’s extinction, Mosse employed this film to document an ongoing conflict situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This humanitarian disaster—in which 5.4 million people have died since 1998—is largely overlooked by the mass media.
The Enclave comprises six monumental double-sided screens installed in a large darkened chamber. This installation is intended to formally parallel eastern Congo’s multifaceted conflict, confounding expectations and forcing the viewer to interact spatially from an array of differing viewpoints. Its soundscape is layered spatially by 12-point surround sound, composed by Ben Frost from recordings gathered in North and South Kivu. The piece is a looping, non-linear narrative which documents civilians fleeing massacre and Mai Mai militia preparing for battle, as well as M23 rebels moving on, fighting for, and finally taking the city of Goma. This humanitarian disaster unfolds in a landscape of extraordinary beauty, on the shores of Lake Kivu.
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