…by Ireland’s representative for the 55th Venice Biennale, Richard Mosse.
“This is the skull of a victim of the massacre carried out by the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) in Busurungi, Walikale, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2009. The skull was secretly taken to Chambucha at the request of surviving relatives, so that it could be documented without reprisal on the villagers of Busurungi by FDLR. The skull was placed in wet grass near a riverbank and dressed with cut flowers, a memento mori. The title was lifted from a song by Bauhaus.”