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Photo: Broken Spectre by Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse: Broken Spectre

  • Installation
  • Film
  • Society
  • Immersion
  • Photography
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PHI Centre Galerie 2 & 3
407 Saint-Pierre St
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Monday & Tuesday:
Closed

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday:
11 AM to 6 PM

Friday & Saturday:
11 AM to 7 PM

Duration:
Expect to spend around 1h30 to see the whole exhibition.
Last entry: 1 hour before close

All ages

Online: $15
On site: $18
Children (12 and under**): $10

Children (5 and under**): Free

*Taxes not included

**Please take notice that the installation includes high sound levels. Thank you for your understanding.

In the Heart of Amazonian Deforestation

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About the installation

Presented at the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2014 with his work The Enclave, Richard Mosse returns once again to PHI with a powerful contemporary art film that transports the audience on location and conveys emotions through the magic of images.

Discover the new immersive work by award-winning artist Richard Mosse, which takes you to the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Broken Spectre immerses audiences in a gripping cinematic spectacle that documents the intensive deforestation of the world's largest rainforest.

With this installation, Richard Mosse seeks to create a visual language in order to highlight the invisible systems that are victims of the ecological catastrophe affecting the Amazon basin, on microscopic, interpersonal and colossal scales.

The exhibition includes an immersive video installation in the form of a high-definition projection on a 14-metre-high screen, accompanied by a quadraphonic sound system with 20 loudspeakers, lasting 74 minutes. It will be complemented by a selection of the artist's photographs from the project.

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What people are saying…

"[...] Richard Mosse's film, a cross between an art film and a documentary, creates an intriguing friction, alternating between scenes of extreme beauty and desolation."

—Jean Siag
La Presse, La déforestation programmée

"Through visceral images – sometimes contemplative, sometimes terrifying [...], Richard Mosse sensitively explores the subject of the environmental destruction of the Amazon basin [...]"

—Adrien Cornelissen
Fisheye Immersive, Broken Spectre : la déforestation vue par Richard Mosse

"At once terrifying and haunting, Irish artist Richard Mosse's immersive installation Broken Spectre is gut-wrenching."

—Marie-Lise Rousseau
L'actualité, 5 sorties culturelles à faire en juin 2024

"You don’t just watch Broken Spectre – you also feel it.”

—Brigid Delaney
The Guardian, 'You can’t unsee this’: Richard Mosse’s all-consuming plea to save the Amazon

" [...] the film is both visceral and abstract, beautiful and horrifying. Broken Spectre is Mosse’s most powerful and consequential work yet."

—Jonathan Griffin
The New York TimesThe Terrible Beauty of Richard Mosse’s Portrait of the Amazon

"There would be no way to overstate how moving Broken Spectre is as a cinematic experience and a cri de coeur.”

—Andy Battaglia
Art NewsRichard Mosse’s Amazonia Dazzles and Devastates

" [...] the film creates a dream-like environment that is both breathtaking and terrifying.”

—Mary Cleary
WallpaperSneak peek: inside Jack Shainman’s vast New York gallery

"There is also no denying the film’s overwhelming post-production choices, which create a media tour-de-force that immerses viewers in highly wrought images, both seductive and disturbing."

—Bryan Karl
FriezeRichard Mosse’s Take on Amazonian Plight Delivers Spectacle
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Photo: Richard Mosse

Encounter with
the Amazon

Just in the last fifty years, within living memory, mass deforestation, carried out willfully by millions of people, has wiped out more than one-fifth of the original Amazon rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest in the world. In 1975, only 1% of the original forest had been lost to human resource extraction. Today, we have lost almost 20%, leading to species extinction, affecting the world’s weather patterns and contributing to global warming.

With Broken Spectre, Richard Mosse offers a work halfway between art and documentary practice. The immersive video installation plunges you into the heart of this environmental tragedy, bringing to light all that is invisible in the increasing devastation of the Amazon. Through this powerful cinematographic work, you'll be transported into a universe that seems straight out of a dream, providing the audience an unprecedented connection with the largest tropical forest in the world. The Amazon, the last bastion of biodiversity, is unfortunately being ravaged at an alarming rate to meet the demands of global markets.

Explore these vast spaces, revealed through Mosse's unique lens: through three distinct types of cinematic sequences, this exhibition offers a multidimensional perspective on the devastation caused at different scales and points of view.

To illustrate the extent of the destruction, Mosse used a multispectral video camera on board a helicopter, thus competing with the view from detection satellites. On a more human scale, the artist used 35mm black-and-white infrared film, recalling the historically charged aesthetic of westerns. Finally, microscopic images, illuminated by ultraviolet light, reveal life invisible to the naked eye, shedding light on the biodiversity and interdependent violence within just a few square inches of the forest. Dive into this immersive installation and discover the various facets of this environmental issue.

Broken Spectre is co-commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, VIA Art Fund, the Westridge Foundation, and by the Serpentine Galleries. Additional support provided by Collection SVPL and Jack Shainman Gallery.

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Photo: Richard Mosse in the Amazon / Alessandro Falco

About
Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse (born Ireland, 1980) lives in New York. He earned an MFA in Photography from Yale School of Art in 2008. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Barbican Art Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Recent survey exhibitions were held at Kunsthalle Bremen (2022) and MAST Foundation, Bologna (2021). Recent group exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Basel; ICA Boston; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk.

Broken Spectre was awarded the S+T+ARTS Grand Prize of the European Commission at Ars Electronica in 2023. Mosse was also awarded the Prix Pictet (2017), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2014), the Yale Poynter Fellowship in Journalism (2014), the B3 Biennale Award (2013), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), and a Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing & Visual Arts. In 2013, he represented Ireland at the 55th Venice Biennale with The Enclave, an immersive six-channel video installation that utilized 16mm infrared film. Mosse will begin a one-year residency at the American Academy in Rome in September 2024.

  • Presented by

    PHI


  • With the support of

    Hydro-Québec


  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

  • Embassy of Ireland Ottawa

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