Books: Best of 2017

Lucy Kumara Moore

When I say that Incoming (Mack) was the best book of 2017, what I mean is that, of all the books I encountered this year, it more than any other prompted exceptionally thoughtful—if divergent—critical responses, while also garnering an extremely high level of interest from the general public.

Published concurrently with Richard Mosse’s exhibition at the Barbican, London, earlier this year, Incoming documents an eponymous installation by the Irish artist: three wall-size screens displaying striking video footage of refugees, fleeing Northern Africa and the Middle East, at the borders of Europe. Working in collaboration with cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, Mosse created this footage using a military-grade thermal-imaging camera, which can detect, with astonishing detail, the heat of human bodies at a distance of nearly twenty miles. (In some cases, Mosse filmed his subjects

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