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Richard Mosse, b.1980

Growing Up In Public2011

I tend to work in places of war and conflict, and that has tended to mean that the unburied ghost of colonial past is still wreaking tragedy in its gyre of resolution or dissolution, like a series of cyclones devastating a helpless undeveloped nation. Since I am a white male, my white-male gaze has made my positions quite defenseless, and I have sometimes been criticized for taking politically incorrect views (and I don’t tend to take positions in my practice, though I have them personally, of course, but do try to assume a neutral, non-didactic aesthetic strategy, which is itself a position, though it may not immediately appear to be). Being Irish, though, has allowed me to remain unapologetic, steering clear of the horrors of political correctness that white males often have thrust upon them in the course of their privileged, embarrassed discourse. It has also allowed me to travel freely in rogue nations who feel kinship with us Irish rogues. So, being Irish has allowed me to be more fully me, even though I don’t at all subscribe to any national identity.
Richard Mosse artist statement Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art and Francis Bacon’s Studio exhibition (2013)

MediumDigital c-print
Dimensions Unframed, 71.12 x 88.9 cm
Framed, 73.3425 x 91.44 x 4.445 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 2012
EditionEdition 1/5 with 1 A/P
Item NumberIMMA.3790
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Richard Mosse, Growing Up In Public, 2011, Digital c-print, Unframed, 71.12 x 88.9 cm|Framed, 73.3425 x 91.44 x 4.445 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 2012

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Richard Mosse b.1980

Richard Mosse studied photography at Yale University and Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. He also studied English Literature at King’s College, London, and Cultural Studies at the London Consortium. Mosse’s work challenges traditional photographic conventions in situations of tragedy and conflict and highlights the tension between art, fiction and photojournalism. His first monograph, Infra, was published by Aperture Foundation and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in 2012. He represented Ireland at the 55th Venice Art Biennale in 2013.  

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