For his Curve commission, conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse has created an immersive multi-channel video installation. In collaboration with composer Ben Frost and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, Mosse has been working with a new, super-telephoto military camera that can see beyond 50km and accurately identify an individual from 6.3km, day or night, to create an artwork about the refugee crisis unfolding across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Narratives of the journeys made by refugees and migrants across the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Libya, in Syria, the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, Calais and Greece are captured by this extremely powerful thermal camera which translates the world into a heat signature of apparent temperature difference reading any biological trace of human life. At a time when, according to the UN, the world is experiencing the largest migration of people since World War II, with more than a million people fleeing to Europe by sea in 2015 – escaping war, climate change, persecution and poverty – Richard Mosse’s film presents a portrait of migrants made with a camera that sees as a missile sees. Alongside installation views and images of past works, an interview with the artist by curator Alona Pardo and a text by Anthony Downey.
This is the fifth title in a publication series by Barbican Art Gallery that focuses on the Curve exhibition programme.
Size: 240 x 170 mm
48 pages, 25 colour illustrations
- ISBN 13
- Barbican Art Gallery
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