RICHARD MOSSE was born in 1980 in the Republic of Ireland. He received a first class BA in English literature from Kings College London in 2001, an MRes in Cultural Studies and Humanities from the London Consortium (Tate, ICA, Architectural Association, Birkbeck) in 2003, a Postgraduate Diploma in fine art from Goldsmiths in 2005, and a MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2008. Mosse has exhibited work in the UK, USA, and Spain, including at the Tate Modern and Phillips de Pury. Mosse’s work has been featured in Art Review, Lapiz, and in C International Photography Magazine.
Through November 24 2013, Mosse's major new multi-media installation The Enclave will show at the 55th International Art Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia. The images in this work were collected in 2012 as Mosse and his collaborators Trevor Tweeten, a cinematographer, and Ben Frost, a composer, travelled in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There they infiltrated armed rebel groups in a war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres, and systematic sexual violence. The Enclave is the culmination of Mosse’s attempt to rethink war photography, and a search for more adequate strategies to represent a forgotten African tragedy. According to the International Rescue Committee, at least 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes in eastern Congo since 1998.
The Commissioner and Curator is Anna O’Sullivan, Director of the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. The Pavilion has received co-sponsorship from Eastern Congo Initiative and European Cities of Advanced Sound.
Aperture Foundation is releasing a new 240 page monograph, with an essay by Jason Stearns, to coincide with the Biennale.