Richard Mosse: The Castle (reprint)

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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.

Copies of the reprint are expected to arrive in March 2019. Orders will be shipped as soon as we get the books in.

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title

The Castle

photographer

Richard Mosse

text

Texts in a booklet by Judith Butler, Paul K Saint Amour, Behrouz Boochani and Richard Mosse.

design

Morgan Crowcroft-Brown

publisher

MACK

ISBN

978-1-912339-18-1

year

2018

binding

hardcover

size

24,5 x 32 cm

pages

232

illustrations

28 double gatefolds

language

English

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