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Sacrum Profanum Festiwal

#17 Sacrum Profanum: Richard Mosse – Incoming exhibition

How to be empathetic? How to imagine oneself the life of another person? Why is this so important when we face of the refugee crisis? – these are the major questions posed at the Richard Mosse's exhibition "Incoming" organised by Bunkier Sztuki, Sacrum Profanum and Unsound.

In Incoming, Richard Mosse looks at how we look at the victims of the refugee crisis, how we perceive people suffering from exile, displacement and migration. The artist perversely uses war technology, the basic function of which is to dehumanize man. In his hands it becomes a tool for building imagination full of empathy. First we have to imagine ourselves in the place of another person – suggests Mosse. One of the important elements of his work is the sound composition created by Australian artist Ben Frost, consisting of field recordings and electronic music.

Richard Mosse is artist and photographer, who in his work tracks the traces and places of human dramas. He photographed the damages in former Yugoslavia, cities after earthquakes in Iraq, Pakistan and Haiti, the abandoned palaces of Saddam Hussein, rusting plane wrecks, refugee camps and the life of rebel groups in the Congolese jungle. His works were shown, among others, at the Venice Biennale or in the Barbican Centre.

The themes of this year's editions of Sacrum Profanum and Unsound, i.e. Neighborhood and Solidarity, have a common source, which is the need to coexist and create in the face of crises faced by the world. The invited artists answer them in various ways, and each of the two festivals interprets them differently. The extremely important work of Richard Mosse combines both events and their leitmotifs, and thanks to the initiative of Bunkier Sztuki it is available to the public and residents of Krakow from 26 September to 31 October.