On Friday 13 April we will be returning to the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool for what promises to be a stimulating study visit. Infra is the first solo exhibition in the UK by photographer Richard Mosse. Mosse’s images from the Democratic Republic of the Congo are captured using Kodak Aerochrome film which was originally developed for military aerial photography – foliage reflects infra-red well, whereas other materials which are green to the eye do not. The result is a startling clash between the sensuality of the images and the subject matter – rebel fighters in Congo’s ongoing brutal civil war – a war in which sexual violence and massacres are routine.
Alongside Infra the Open Eye is showing an archive exhibition For Most Of It I Have No Words; Genocide, Landscape and Memory by Simon Norfolk which was originally shown in the gallery in 1998. Arguably there has never been a better time to revisit this study, described by Michael Ignatieff in the following terms: ‘these photographs also tell us that nature will wash away both pebbles and headstones alike. All we can do is to place them there, over and over, from generation to generation, for as long as we can.’
To stimulate discussion we will get a short introduction by a member of the gallery staff and be accompanied by photography Curriculum Leader, Peter Haveland. Starting at 11am and taking a break for coffee, we expect to be finished by 2pm. The last study visit to the Open Eye prompted some vigorous debate and this promises to to be a heavily subscribed event. To book your free place please email email@example.com