Forensic Architecture: Hacia Una Estética Investigativa

Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

Forensic Architecture: Hacia Una Estética Investigativa

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC)

Mexico City, 9 September – 30 December 2017

Images courtesy of MUAC. Photographer: Oliver Santana

This exhibition presents 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 co-produced by MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and MUAC, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City.

Exhibition Team

Director of Forensic Architecture:
Eyal Weizman

Rosario Guiraldes

Anselm Franke, Rosario Guiraldes, Christina Varvia, Eyal Weizman

Graphic Design:
Other Means

Exhibition Team:
Ariel Caine, Rosario Guiraldes, Samaneh Moafi, Hana Rizvanolli, Christina Varvia

Forensic Architecture Team

  • Yamen Albadin
  • Nick Axel
  • Reiner Beelitz
  • Jacob Burns
  • Ariel Caine
  • Franc Camps- Febrer
  • George Clipp
  • Nichola Czyz
  • Omar Ferwati
  • Blake Fisher
  • Pierre-Francois Gerard
  • Rosario Guiraldes
  • Hania Halabi
  • Samir Harb
  • Zahra Hussain
  • Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
  • Steffen Krämer
  • Stefan Laxness
  • Stefanos Levidis
  • Nicholas Masterton
  • Jason Men
  • Samaneh Moafi
  • Shourideh C. Molavi
  • Sarah Nankivell
  • Dorette Panagiotopoulou
  • Hana Rizvanolli
  • Andrea Rota
  • Simone Rowat
  • Nestor Rubio
  • Susan Schuppli (cooordinator)
  • Francesco Sebregondi (coordinator)
  • Camila E. Sotomayor
  • Ana Naomi de Sousa
  • Gustav A. Toftgaard
  • Vere Van Gool
  • Christina Varvia (coordinator)
  • Nadia Mendez
  • Ruben Irving Huerta Zapien
  • Theo Resnikoff
  • Andrea Rota


  • Lawrence Abu-Hamdan
  • Marim abu Mad’im
  • Nabil Ahmed
  • Salim al-Tūri
  • Giulia Bruno
  • Ariel Caine
  • Charles Heller & Lorenzo Pezzani
  • Hagit Kaisar
  • Thomas Keenan
  • Jan Kiesswetter
  • Giuseppe Lelasi
  • Armin Linke
  • Hannah Martin
  • Godofredo Pereira
  • Shela Sheikh
  • Alina Schmuch
  • Susan Schuppli
  • Paulo Tavares
  • Ines Weizman
  • Oren Ziv


  • A Satellite Studio
  • Activestills
  • Umar al-Ghubari / Zochrot
  • Aziz al-Turi
  • Sayakh
  • al-Turi / Al Araqib village
  • Nouri al-Uqbi
  • Amnesty International
  • B’Tselem
  • Eduardo L. Cadava
  • Edmund Clark
  • Chris Cobb-Smith
  • Mauricio Corbalan y Pio Torroja / m7red
  • DCI-Palestine
  • Debbie Farber
  • Baltasar Garzón and Manuel Vergaras / FIBGAR
  • Gaza’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing
  • Grupa Spomenik (Monument Group)
  • Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (HKW)
  • Hagit Keysar / Public Lab
  • Kent Klich
  • Sabine Llewellyn
  • MA in Forensic Architecture / Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Nuriya Oswald and Mohammed
  • Abdullah / Al Mezan
  • Rossana Padeletti
  • Princeton University
  • Public Minister of Brazil
  • Situ Research
  • Alice Ross
  • ScanLAB Projects
  • Emily Schaeffer / Michael Sfard Law Office
  • Andreas Schüller / European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
  • Jack Serle / The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ)
  • Michael Sfard
  • Ana Naomi de Sousa
  • Caroline Sturdy Colls
  • UN Special Rapporteur for Counter Terrorism (UNSRCT)
  • Jamon Van Den Hoek
  • Robert Jan van Pelt
  • Laure Vermeersch
  • Watch the Med
  • Chris Woods / Airwars
  • Khaled Abdulwahed
  • Cem Kayan
  • Vanina Vignal
  • Sebastian Bodirsky
  • Frank Bubenwer
  • Gozen Atila
  • Cordula Hamschmidt
  • Grant Waters / Anderson Acoustics
  • Salvador Navarro- Martinez / Imperial College
  • Natascha Sadr Haghighian
  • Fritz Laszlo Weber / Citizen Tribunal “Unravelling the NSU Complex”
  • Ayse Gulec / Documenta 14, Centro Prodh, EAAF


  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London


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