To Do / To See: Richard Mosse at The Barbican

Head to the Barbican (Curve Gallery) to experience Richard Mosse’s immersive multi-channel installation. “Mosse has been working with an advanced new thermographic weapons and border imaging technology that can see beyond 30km, registering a heat signature of relative temperature difference. Classed as part of advanced weapons systems under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Mosse has been using this export controlled camera against its intended purpose, to create an artwork about the refugee crisis unfolding in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Libya, in Syria, the Sahara, the Persian Gulf, and other locations.” 

In our current time, as we are experiencing more than a million people fleeing to Europe by the sea in 2015 alone, this installation bears witness to one of the most significant chapters in our recent world events.


Richard Mosse himself said the following:

“I chose the title ‘incoming’, not only because it evokes the idea of incoming fire – prompting a defensive ‘little Britain’ mentality of fear, currently prevalent – but also because it predicates a particular subject-object relation. The refugee is ‘incoming’ from a European perspective. I thought it was important to remind the viewer of the subjectivity within which the work has consciously been made, foregrounding this particular medium as a Western one, designed to enforce our borders and protect our nice affluent English (or German, or Italian) way of life. This approach is clearly not attempting to represent the refugee crisis in a seemingly ‘transparent’ or objective way, like classical photojournalism. Instead it attempts to engage and confront the ways in which we in the West, and our governments, represent – and therefore regard – the refugee”


  • 15 February 2017 – 23 April 2017
  • Sat–Wed 11am–8pm (bank holiday 12noon–8pm)
  • Thu–Fri 11am–9pm (bank holiday 12noon–9pm)