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Richard Mosse, "Intensive Cattle Feedlot, Rondônia," 2020, archival pigment print, 63 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Richard Mosse, "Mineral Ship, Para," 2020, archival pigment print, 65 1/2 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Richard Mosse, "Ver-o-Peso Acai and Fish Market, Para," 2020, archival pigment print, 64 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Richard Mosse, "Caiman Pond, Pantanal," 2020, archival pigment print, 96 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Richard Mosse, "Mineral Ship, Para," 2020, archival pigment print, 65 1/2 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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Richard Mosse Explores Environmental Crimes Through Living Maps

By Melissa Mui

May 12, 2021

Richard Mosse's current exhibition, "Tristes Tropiques", explores sites of persistent environmental crimes across Brazil’s Amazon, also known as the "‘arc of fire’." The photography exhibition is on view at the Jack Shainman Gallery across both galleries, through May 15, 2021.

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Richard Mosse, "Intensive Cattle Feedlot, Rondônia," 2020, archival pigment print, 63 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

'Tristes Tropiques' uses a form of resistance mapmaking, where Mosse intended this medium to reveal endangered landscapes to expose human activities that threaten the entire Amazon and our global climate. These images can be seen as living maps since they show signs of life, but also encapsulating forest die-back, tipping points and ecocide.

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Richard Mosse, "Mineral Ship, Para," 2020, archival pigment print, 65 1/2 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The series of large-scale, vibrant photographic maps depict frangible organic matter in a state of deforestation and ecological damage. The Ireland-born artist chose to use geographic information system (GIS) technology to create thousands of multispectral images captured at each site by drone. This technique preserves and maintains the geopolitical, multinational, local, and cultural aspects of these active spaces. Mosse’s narrative is further told through searing maps that highlight areas of environmental attrition.

In this work, Mosse continues his investigation of borders between documentary photography and contemporary art through a variety of mediums.

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Richard Mosse, "Caiman Pond, Pantanal," 2020, archival pigment print, 96 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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Richard Mosse, "Ver-o-Peso Acai and Fish Market, Para," 2020, archival pigment print, 64 x 59 inches, © Richard Mosse, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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