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Untitled film still from Broken Spectre © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints
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Dionaea Muscipula with Mantodea © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints

About The Book

Devastation in the Amazon rainforest and the climate change it triggers tend to unfold in ways that are too vast to comprehend, too minute to perceive, and too normalised to see. In an attempt to render the scale and urgency of the Amazon’s extensive, impending collapse, Richard Mosse’s most ambitious work to date employs a dazzling array of photographic techniques.

Broken Spectre is an immersive, 74-minute film that shifts between a manifold of ecological narratives, from the topographic to the anthropocentric, and to a careful examination of nonhuman violence and survival. Mosse and his team spent years documenting different fronts of destruction, degradation and environmental crimes in the Amazon Basin and related eco-systems.

In accompanying photographic works, Mosse renders the invisible visible: through multispectral cameras that emulate satellite imaging technology, alongside ultraviolet botanical studies, and heat-sensitive analogue film warped, mottled and degraded by the oppressive environment and by the burning forest itself. Accompanying these experimental documentary works are Mosse’s hypnotically vivid aerial maps, which zoom out and colourise the scale and extent of natural decimation in piercing detail. Publisher’s Info

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Kleiton, Amazonas © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints
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Felled Brazil Nut Tree, Amazonas © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints
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Richard Mosse: What the Camera Cannot See by Art21 (Youtube)

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Wounded Jaguar © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints
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José with Pan, Pará © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints
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Palm Plantation, Pará © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints
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Untitled film still from Broken Spectre © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints
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-> Further information: Broken Spectre by Richard Mosse is published by Loose Joints in collaboration with 180 Studios and Converge 45. (Link)

About The Artist

Richard Mosse (b. 1980) is an Irish artist currently based in New York. Documenting some of the most significant humanitarian and environmental crises of our time, his work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Barbican Art Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Recent survey exhibitions were held at Kunsthalle Bremen (2022) and MAST Foundation, Bologna (2021). Mosse was the recipient of the Prix Pictet 2017, the winner of the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, and he represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale with the six-channel video installation The Enclave in 2013. Previous publications by Mosse include The Castle (MACK, 2018), Incoming (MACK, 2017), and Infra (Aperture Foundation, 2012).

Exhibitions: Broken Spectre is exhibited at 180 Studios, London, 12 October – 18 December 2022; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 30 September 2022 – 23 April 2023; and the Converge 45 Biennial, opening 24 August 2023 in Portland, Oregon.

Header Photo: Domesticated Palms, Amazonas © Richard Mosse 2022 courtesy Loose Joints

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