Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics
Forensic Architecture: Hacia Una Estética Investigativa
Images courtesy of MUAC. Photographer: Oliver Santana
From the 9th of September 2017 to 7th of January 2018, Forensic Architecture will be exhibiting at the MUAC. This is an overview the work of the architects, artists, filmmakers, investigative-journalists, and collaborators who make up the Forensic Architecture agency at Goldsmiths, University of London. Established in 2010, we use architecture as an investigative tool, primarily for the production and presentation of spatial evidence in the context of armed conflict and political struggles. Our evidence has been presented in international courts, truth commissions, human and environmental forums, and widely in the media. This exhibition arrives at a time of extreme escalation in the practice of state denial and propaganda. While exploring the development and transformation of the investigative practice that bears its name, the exhibition challenges us to consider how contemporary aesthetic practices and media technologies can be geared up to engage this reality of so-called post-truth.
The exhibition is organized into three parts. The first part opens the exhibition with Forensic Architecture’s investigation of the enforced disappearance of the 43 students from the Escuela Normal Raúl Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa, in Iguala, Guerrero, on 26–27 September 2014. Commissioned by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) and the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Centro Prodh), the investigation maps the different narratives of perpetrators and victims, as well as attempts at the interruption of violence in relation to one of the most tragic events in the recent Mexican history.
The second and third parts of the show feature a detailed elaboration of a selection of recent cases undertaken by Forensic Architecture and its collaborators and their research on the relation between human violence and the destruction of the environment. The perimeter wall, encircling the second and third parts of the exhibition, has been conceived of as an extended essay that unpacks the theoretical and historical framework developed by Forensic Architecture and the kind of methodological reflection on what a new investigative aesthetics demands of us today.
Exhibition by Forensic Architecture
Curated by Rosario Guiraldes
Co-produced by Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC)