Insight: ‘Broken Spectre’, Richard Mosse’s poignant depiction of the Amazonian ecological crisis, Meritxell Rosell, δημοσίευση στο CLOT Magazine [12/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Richard Mosse’s new immersive video installation, Broken Spectre, currently showing at 180 the strand in London, sees the artist digging into the Brazilian Amazon’s ecological miseries.
Since the early days of his career, Richard Mosse’s work has been focused on using visual technologies not generally employed in artistic processes to present his politically involved and critical view of issues worldwide. In 2012 he produced his series of pink photographs, Infra and posterior film The Enclave documenting the ongoing military conflicts in the Republic of Congo using infrared film, originally developed for military purposes. Foliage reflects infrared light, and camouflage absorbs it, so the infrared-sensitive film can reveal hidden troops and buildings and produce the dramatic pink tints in the pictures.
Since then, Mosse has documented some of the most significant humanitarian and environmental crises of our time, for example, mapping the journeys of refugees and their camps across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa that resulted in the spectacular and at the same time poignant, Heat Maps, where panoramas of refugee camps were shot using a military-grade thermographic camera, designed to detect body heat and classified as a weapon under international law.
In Broken Spectre, Mosse has turned his interest to the prescient ecological issues features and the culmination of three years of filming in remote parts of the Brazilian Amazon to document the ecological “war zone” the communities in the areas have been facing for years. Deforestation and the changing regional climate in the Brazilian Amazon are rapidly pushing the area into an array of devastating feedback loops, at the same time dishevelling the structure of the communities around. This became even more aggressive during the disgraced last presidential mandate. Hopefully, things will turn for more positive outcomes with the new one.
Alongside the Broken Spectre video installation, a selection of large-scale photographs from the project documentation is also included.
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