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in the impossible image, photographer richard mosse talks about his compelling documentary the enclave.  here’s a film synopsis:

Throughout 2012, Richard Mosse and his collaborators Trevor Tweeten and Ben Frost travelled in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, infiltrating armed rebel groups in a war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres and systematic sexual violence. The resulting installation, The Enclave, is the culmination of Mosse’s attempt to rethink war photography. It is a search for more adequate strategies to represent a forgotten African tragedy in which, according to the International Rescue Committee, at least 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes in eastern Congo since 1998.

A long-standing power vacuum in eastern Congo has resulted in a horrifying cycle of violence, a Hobbesian ‘state of war’, so brutal and complex that it resists communication, and goes unseen in the global consciousness. Mosse brings a discontinued military surveillance film to this situation, representing an intangible conflict with a medium that registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, and was originally designed for camouflage detection. The resulting imagery, shot on 16mm infrared film by cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, renders the jungle war zone in a disorienting psychedelic palette. Ben Frost’s ambient audio composition, comprised entirely of recordings gathered in the field in eastern DRC, hovers bleakly over the unfolding tragedy.

The Enclave immerses the viewer in a challenging and sinister world, exploring aesthetics in a situation of profound human suffering. At the heart of the project, as Mosse states, is an attempt to bring “two counter-worlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world.”

if you find yourself in venice in the next few months, you can check out the enclave @ the 55th international art exhibition – la biennale di venezia.

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the impossible image

06/21/13 1 Comment

nigeriaking

as a part of the “new african photography” series, nigerian photographer george osodi studied his homeland’s traditional monarchs.  via al jazeera:

“[There are] frequent clashes among different ethnic groups,” says Osodi. “Lots of people have lost trust in their identity. I felt it was important that we see this diverse culture as a point of unity instead of seeing it as something that should divide us as a nation.

“The easiest way I could approach this was to look at the monarchy structure in the country because they are closer to the people than the governors.”

check out the documentary below (directed by katharina von schroeder), which follows george on his visits with the kings and only queen of the country while also touching on the problems around the niger delta.  to see some of mr. osodi’s pics from the project, click here.

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related: the forgotten

video: nigerian royalty

05/21/13

heard about this crazy story on cnn the other day (this via the film’s website):

In 2004, Benjaman Kyle woke up outside of a Burger King in Georgia without any clothes, any ID, or any memories. Benjaman was diagnosed with Retrograde Amnesia, also known as the “Hollywood Amnesia”: where you wake up remembering nothing (Think the Bourne Identity, 50 First Dates, etc). Benjaman couldn’t remember who he was, and with no ID, couldn’t find out. The trouble was, authorities couldn’t identify him either. Local and state police tried their hardest, but Benjaman remained a mystery.

check out the documentary above and think about how you might handle his situation (homeless, no family, no memories, etc.).  also, you can find more out about benjaman at this website and try to help him get a social security card here.

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finding benjaman

12/14/12

“love me”: a reflection on the worldwide pursuit of beauty

11/02/12 2 Comments

in a five-year stretch, documentary photographer zed nelson spent time in 18 countries across 5 continents.  why you might ask?  the $160 billion-a-year industry and “new religion” better known as beauty.  nelson’s photo project “love me” focuses on “the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty.”  by depicting things like advertising, beauty pageants, eating disorders and cosmetic surgeries from all over the world, nelson “explores how a new form of globalization is taking place, where an increasingly narrow Western beauty ideal is being exported around the world like a crude universal brand.”

click through the photo gallery below for some of this interesting project (even more pics here).

what do you think about the issues raised in nelson’s work?  do his photos/words stack up with the depictions of beauty that you’re accustomed to?

first spotted at flavorwire.

related: real-life photoshop

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jay-z and kanye’s watch the throne didn’t fully match the hype (in part because the hype behind it was so high), but it still had a lot of great music on it.  this 10-min documentary, shot mostly in australia, gives us a peek at how the album came together.  a couple of my favorite moments are kanye rapping about russell crowe in front of russell crowe and seeing hov working on the lyrics to “why i love you.”  check out the video above as well as this interview with the director robert lopuski.  in it, he talks about the first time he bumped into kanye (literally) and what the film-making process was like for him as both a director and a fan.

watch the throne documentary

08/09/12

just finished watching jean-michel basquiat: the radiant child.  i knew a little bit about basquiat’s story and work coming into it but the film filled in the gaps.  it chronicles his rise from a homeless graffiti artist in 1970s new york to one of top painters in the world, covering his struggles with racism (in general but also specific to the art world) and fame, his relationship with andy warhol, and his entry into the infamous “27 club.”

some people say that basquiat was the greatest artist of his generation.  others say his art was just weird and he’s only kim kardashian famous for being famous.  watch the full documentary above (via openculture) and decide for yourself.

video: basquiat documentary

08/07/12 2 Comments

marley

04/20/12 1 Comment

over 30 years after his death, jamaica’s patron saint is hitting theaters in a new documentary about his life.  get familiar/reacquainted with some of bob’s music below and go see the movie this weekend.

playlist:

1. “Concrete Jungle”

2. “Is This Love?”

3. “Buffalo Soldier”

4. “I Shot The Sheriff”

5. “Misty Morning”

6. “Redemption Song”

7. “Keep On Moving”

8. “Coming In From The Cold”

9. “One Love/People Get Ready

10. “No Woman, No Cry”

how do you measure love?  for the 1st annual love competition, the stanford center for cognitive and neurobiological imaging skipped words, actions and feelings in favor of a fmri.  7 contestants (a mix of men and women, ages 10-75) were given 5 minutes in the machine to love someone/something as hard as they can.  meanwhile, researchers tracked activity along the dopamine, seratonin & oxytocin/vasopressin pathways in their brains, which is believed to be a prime indicator of love.  the person with the most activity was the winner.

one of the best things about this doc (directed by brent hoff) is hearing the different kinds of love that the contestants were thinking about.  if you were competing, what love would you focus on?

the 1st annual love competition

03/11/12 2 Comments

planet rock: the story of hip hop and the crack generation

11/20/11 1 Comment

earlier this month, congress’s fair sentencing act went into effect, reducing “the 100-to-1 disparity between minimum sentences for crack and powder cocaine to 18 to 1.”  the documentary “planet rock” explores what created that large inequality in the first place and why there’s still more work to be done.  synopsis via vh1:

Narrated and executive produced by Ice-T, “Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation” is the first documentary to focus specifically on the connections between crack and hip-hop. Based primarily on the first-person accounts of four famous dealers-turned-rappers, the film also widens its lens at points to show how crack changed America culturally, socially and politically. Using rare footage, photos, and animation, all set to the beats and rhymes of the iconic hip hop tracks of the day, the documentary explores how media hysteria, racism and political reaction produced policies and laws that have left us with the largest — and most disproportionately African-American — prison population in the world. 

check out some of the documentary here.  also, hit up vh1.com for some bonus clips.

yesterday’s e:60 showed a compelling feature on one of my favorite wrestlers, scott hall (aka razor ramon).  in his heyday, hall gave us an all-time cool entrance and possibly the most dramatic moment in wrestling history.  sadly, the espn piece plays out like darren aronofsky’s the wrestler as we see a man too high off “the life” to know when to quit.

say hello to the bad guy

10/20/11

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