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Richard Mosse

Vivienne once expressed that the most important philosophical question ever asked was, “What is a good life?” To her, a good life is one which “mirrors the world. That means that you understand the world through art and culture. You understand the genius of the human race and you understand yourself in relation to it.” Now, more than ever, we are looking to culture and creativity, by means of connecting to people. Of learning from the past, to understand the present. As Vivienne offered, “You’ve got to invest in the world, you’ve got to read, you’ve got to go to art galleries. You’ve got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race”.

With the notion of everything being connected, our ‘Mirror the World’ campaign has sought to support the creative community, with the aim of connecting like-minded people. We wanted to highlight the art and institutions that we love – to give space and time to some of the best creative expressions. Over the past couple of years, the project has developed through a series of imagery, video and live streaming, in collaboration with artists, writers, poets, musicians, academics and activists. Previous collaborations have included the likes of exclusive readings with Shakespeare’s Globe, by Stephen Fry, or Japanese DJ Mademoiselle Yulia and Cora Corre (Vivienne’s granddaughter) sharing their Vivienne Westwood looks in isolation. In Vivienne’s own words, ‘You’re like a little tiny shard of mirror glass, that’s exactly a copy of the whole world.’

Richard Mosse

For our latest instalment of the #MirrorTheWorld campaign, we introduce the work of award-wining Irish artist, Richard Mosse, with the support of his world-premiere moving image work, Broken Spectre. Filmed over three years in remote parts of the Amazon Rainforest, his work presents a phasing of ecological narratives, that shifts wavelengths across environmental, anthropocentric, and nonhuman violence – to articulate different fronts of destruction at play in the Amazon. With accompanying photographic works, Mosse renders the invisible visible, through multispectral cameras to reveal the destruction’s scale – all the while showing the vibrant matter of interdependent rainforest biome.

Time itself is a crucial part of this catastrophe, as mass deforestation began in earnest in the early 1970s, when the Trans-Amazonian Highway (Rodovia Transamazônica) was built to open the primeval forest for development. Only a few generations later, this development has destroyed one fifth of the Amazon rainforest to make way for the cattle, soybean, and mining industries. A selection of the artist’s photographs from the project will also be displayed alongside the installation, in London’s 180 The Strand, from 12th October 2022 — 4th December 2022.

Experience the installation at 180 studios.

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