"harsh, disparate, unpredictable, and frequently tragic narratives of migration and displacement" Richard Mosse
Kilkenny Arts Festival in partnership with The Butler Gallery is delighted to present the Irish premiere of an acclaimed installation by the award-winning Kilkenny-born artist Richard Mosse.
Mosse’s work documents the tragedies of our times, from the Balkans to the US-Mexico border. Incoming is an urgent response to the ongoing migration crisis in the Mediterranean.
Made in collaboration with composer Ben Frost and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, and filmed in six countries across three continents, Incoming depicts scenes from the journeys of refugees along two of the busiest and most perilous routes into Europe. For this triple-screen, immersive installation, Mosse employed a military-grade thermographic surveillance camera that detects human body heat. Designed for long-range border enforcement, the camera is part of the EU’s deeply ambiguous, quasi-military response to the refugee crisis. Mosse subverts the camera’s original purpose, creating scenes filled with strange and troubling intimacies, while asking challenging questions about the viewer’s own complicity.
Incoming will be displayed in the double-height gallery at Evans’ Home (itself once an almshouse, the refuge of its day). With the world in turmoil, and the threat of further mass displacements to come, Mosse’s work asks timely, urgent questions about the ways in which the West tends to think, or not think, about refugees.
Incoming is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council.
harrowing yet spellbindingThe Evening Standard
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