© Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Richard Mosse in Conversation & International Premiere

Celebrating the world premiere of his new moving image work Broken Spectre, 2022, Irish artist Richard Mosse with his long-time collaborator, Australian composer Ben Frost, shares insights into the making of the work in a special after-hours conversation hosted by NGV Curator of Contemporary Art, Amita Kirpalani.

Filmed over three years, Broken Spectre is a powerful response to the devastating and ongoing impact of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest presented across an immersive 20-metre widescreen panorama.


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Richard Mosse was born in Ireland and is currently based in New York. 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 (NGV). Recent survey exhibitions were held at Kunsthalle Bremen (2022) and MAST Foundation, Bologna (2021). Mosse represented Ireland at the 55th Venice Art Biennale and has published six books. His latest monograph, The Castle, published by MACK, was selected as one of the New York Times top ten Photobooks of 2018. Mosse earned an MFA in Photography from Yale University, a PG Dip in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London, an MRes in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, and a First-Class BA Honours degree in English Literature from King’s College London.

Ben Frost is an Australian composer and musician based in Iceland whose groundbreaking work spans an array of forms and thrives on collaboration with other artists and musicians. He has composed award-winning scores for contemporary dance, theatre, film and television. He has collaborated extensively with Richard Mosse and American cinematographer Trevor Tweeten to produce two award-winning multi-channel video and sound installations: The Enclave (2013) and Incoming (2017). In 2022 he premiered his second Opera, The Murder of Halit Yozgat – a collaboration with research agency Forensic Architecture for Staatsoper Hannover. Currently he is developing an adaptation of J.A Baker’s novel The Peregrine with writer Robert Macfarlane. In recent years Frost has also expanded his work to several include installation projects, focussing on pure exploitation of the physical properties of sound.