Richard Mosse

Ireland 1980

Digital Art, Photography

Richard Mosse
Richard Mosse
October 31, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Richard Mosse is an Irish conceptual documentary photographer. He is best known for his photographs of the war in the Eastern Congo using color infrared film intended to create a new perspective on conflict.

He was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, and received a BA in English literature from King’s College London in 2001, an MRes in cultural studies from the London Consortium in 2003, a postgraduate diploma in fine art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2005 and a photography MFA from Yale School of Art in 2008.

Mosse worked in Iran, Pakistan, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia. His photography captures the beauty and tragedy in war and destruction. Mosse has shot abandoned plane wrecks in the furthest reaches of the planet and the former palaces of Uday and Saddam Hussein and now occupied by US military forces.

In 2013, Mosse represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale with the Enclave an immersive six-channel video installation that utilized 16mm infrared film. The piece is an attempt, as Mosse explains, to bring “two counter-worlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world.”

Mosse’s work is part of many public collections including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, the Martin Margulies Collection, Miami, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. He published two books of his work and won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2014.

Mosse lives and works in New York and Berlin.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Richard Mosse-The EnclaveKunsthaus Graz, GrazSolo
2014Richard MosseFotomuseum Antwerpen, AntwerpSolo
2014Richard Mosse - The Devil You Know' (El Diablo Que Conoces)Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran CanariaSolo
2014Richard Mosse - The EnclaveEdel Assanti Gallery, LondonSolo
2014Richard Mosse - The EnclaveOrmston House Gallery, LimerickSolo
2014Richard Mosse - The EnclaveFoam Fotografiemuseum, AmsterdamSolo
2014Richard Mosse - The EnclaveJack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2014Richard Mosse: The EnclaveRHA Gallery - Royal Hibernian Academy, DublinSolo
2014reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayLandskrona museum, LandskronaGroup
2014On Return and What RemainsArtspace Sydney, Sydney, NSWGroup
2014reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayEkaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, YekaterinburgGroup
2014Second Sight: The David Kronn Photography CollectionIrish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, DublinGroup
2014Phantoms in the DirtMoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Perduti nel paesaggio/ Lost in LandscapeMART- Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2014Project 06: Conflict: Art And WarContemporary Art Society, LondonGroup
20141 + 1 = 1 : When Collections CollideThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
2014ManipulatedSCAD Gallery Hong Kong, Hong KongGroup
2014CounterIntelligenceJustina M Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, ONGroup
2013reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayPolk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FLGroup
2013Territori Instabili - Confini E Identità Nell’arte ContemporaneaCentro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina (CCCS), FlorenceGroup
2013reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayROSPHOTO, St. PetersburgGroup
2013reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s PhotographersSoutheastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NCGroup
2013Biennale di Venezia - 55th International Art ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2013Un-DrawnPhiladelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2013A Discourse on PlantsRH Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013Changing StatesContemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, BrusselsGroup
2013reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayThe DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MGroup
2012Richard Mosse - InfraCentre Culturel Irlandais, ParisSolo
2012Richard MosseKünstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinSolo
2012Richard Mosse: InfraOpen Eye Gallery, LiverpoolSolo
2012Richard Mosse - Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray, Co WicklowSolo
2012Richard Mosse: Falk Visiting ArtistWeatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NCSolo
2012Scanning the HorizonKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
2012Things Beyond Our ControlFredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2012Spectral Landscape (with Viewing Stations)Gallery 400 - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2012The Samawi Collection IIAyyam Gallery - Beirut, BeirutGroup
2012Immortal NatureEdel Assanti Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Richard MosseJack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Dublin Contemporary 2011Dublin Contemporary, Dublin (closed, 2011)Group
2011reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayFototeca de Nuevo León, Monterrey, NLGroup
2011reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayMusée de l’Elysée in Lausanne - Pékin Fine Arts, BeijingGroup
2011Tracing the Unseen BorderLa MaMa Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Going where the weather suits my clothes...fall of light on fabricMother's Tankstation, DublinGroup
2011Regenerations2Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, ParisGroup
2011reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayAperture Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010FotoTageTrierFotoTageTrier, TrierGroup
2010reGeneration2 tomorrow’s photographers todayGalleria Carla Sozzani, MilanGroup
2010reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayMDC Galleries of Art+ Design, Miami, FLGroup
2010reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayLes Rencontres d'Arles, ArlesGroup
2010reGeneration2 - Photographes de demainMusée de l´Elysée, LausanneGroup
2010FotoFest 2010FotoFest Biennial, Houston, TXGroup
2010This is not a love songThe Empty Quarter Gallery, DubaiGroup
2009Richard Mosse - Tha FallJack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2008AirsideJack Shainman Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2008Yale MFA Photography 2008Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2008Yale MFA Photography 2008Danziger Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007NY C PhotoPhillips de Pury & Company - New York, New York City, NYGroup
2006Richard MosseLa Caja Blanca, Palma de MallorcaSolo
2005Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2005Barbican Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2005Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2005Spike Island, BristolGroup
2005Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2005Cornerhouse, ManchesterGroup