Richard Mosse
The Castle

The Castle is a meticulous documentation of refugee
camps and staging sites along mass migration routes
into the European Union via Turkey from the Middle East
and Central Asia. The result of numerous preparatory
visits, often revealing changing immigration policy,
Mosse has filmed each site from high elevation to reveal
camps that are frequently closed, off limits, or restricted
to photographers. By attaching a thermographic video
camera designed for long range border enforcement
and insurgent detection to a robotic motion control
arm, Mosse has gathered the source footage used to
composite the resulting ‘heat maps’. These durational
photographs are thermal panoramas made up of
hundreds or sometimes thousands of overlapping
‘cells’ or individual frames, a truncated spatio-temporal
form that speaks to the lived experience of refugees
indefinitely awaiting asylum and trapped in a Byzantine
state of limbo.

Describing space and perspective in ways that seem
to echo depictions of medieval cityscapes, such as
the Nuremberg Chronicle, these images document
the fences, security gates, portaloos, loudspeakers,
food queues, tents and temporary shelters of camp
architecture. The various ways in which each camp
interrelates with adjacent citizen infrastructure are
made apparent – by turns marginal, ruderal, isolated,
overlooked, concealed, integrated, dispersed,
regulated, militarized – allowing the reader to meditate
on the situations in which these people are forced to
live, and what that shows us about the approach and
policies of each host nation and community. Reading
heat as both metaphor and index,The Castle allows the
reader to meditate on the current conditions of refugees
through ideas of hypothermia, exposure, climate
change, mortality, and biopolitics.

 

OTA-bound paperback with 28 double gatefolds

Publication date: October 2018

€45.00 £40.00 $50.00

ISBN 978-1-912339-18-1


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