Forensic Architecture is nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize

We are honoured to have been nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize. The nomination is for our participation in documenta14, and for our solo shows ‘Counter Investigations’ at the ICA, London, and ‘Towards an Investigative Aesthetic’ at MUAC, Mexico, and MACBA, Barcelona.

It is a pleasure and an honour to share this platform with our richly talented fellow nominees: Charlotte Prodger, Naeem Mohaiemen and Luke Willis Thompson.

At documenta14 we exhibited our investigation into the testimony of Andreas Temme, relating to the 2006 killing of Halit Yozgat by a neo-Nazi terror cell. We are proud to acknowledge our partnership with Initiativ 6. April and NSU Watch in challenging the ongoing institutional violence of the NSU Complex.

Our 2016 exhibition ‘Towards an Investigative Aesthetic’ set our work to date in the context of the history of forensic aesthetics as an evidentiary practice. We remain grateful for the support of MACBA and MUAC in helping us to tell that story.

Our ongoing exhibition ‘Counter Investigations’ at the ICA presents five foundational concepts of forensic architecture as an evidentiary practice, through a selection of our recent investigations. It has been a pleasure and an honour to share the results of our practice in our home city.

We were delighted and a little surprised to be nominated for the UK art world’s most prestigious honour, but take great pride in the jury’s recognition of our innovative methods of sourcing and visualising evidence relating to human rights abuses, and the exercise of our practice in courts of law as well as cultural forums.

Stefan Kalmár, Director of the ICA, said the following kind words about our nomination: “The ICA applauds the courageous decision of the Turner Prize jury to nominate Forensic Architecture for this year’s award. As a collective, Forensic Architecture’s practice combines aspects of journalism, architecture, animation, documentary filmmaking and human rights activism into an entirely new format which, for us, is simply the most innovative practice coming out of London and the UK in years. Like the Independent Group which was based, on and off, at the ICA throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Forensic Architecture investigates the contemporary image economy and ideology. Their methodology radically expands the field of contemporary art.”

An exhibition of work by ourselves and our fellow nominees will be staged at Tate Britain from 25 September 2018 to 6 January 2019. We are delighted that BNP Paribas’s support for the Prize will help to open up access to the exhibition, offering free entry to everyone aged 25 or under for the first 25 days of the show. We would urge young people from across London and the UK to take advantage of this opportunity.

Gallery: Forensic Architecture exhibition opening at The MUAC

Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics opened on 9 September 2017 at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City.

Featuring our latest project, the Ayotzinapa Platform, this exhibition is an overview the work of the architects, artists, filmmakers, investigative journalists, and collaborators who make up the Forensic Architecture.

Images of the exhibition opening courtesy of MUAC.

 

Ayotzinapa Case Launch

On 7 September 2017 at 11:00 (19:00 GMT), Forensic Architecture will present an interactive cartographic platform to help visualise the Ayotzinapa case, where 43 students were disappeared in Iguala, Mexico. This collaboration with Centro Prodh, Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense – EAAF and the MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, represents the first time this case has been comprehensively visualised.

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New Exhibition Catalogue from Forensic Architecture

This publication, available only in Spanish, features six recent FA investigations and it includes an introduction by Cuauhtémoc Medina and Ferran Barenblit, a conversation between Eyal Weizman, Yve-Alain Bois, Hal Foster and Michel Feher, and a postface by the curator Rosario Güiraldes, who highlights the necessity to embrace an engaged aesthetic practice that combines both a critical understanding and tactical use of facts.

Learn more

Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case

Directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, 17 min, 2014

Liquid Traces reconstructs the “left-to-die boat” case, in which 72 migrants were left to drift for 14 days in NATO’s maritime surveillance area at the height of the 2011 war on Libya, produced with Forensic Oceanography.

The initial report on the “left-to-die boat” has been the basis for several legal cases against the states involved in the military operations.

The Liquid Traces video was 1st shown within the “Forensis” exhibition at the House of World Cultures, Berlin, in March 2014.

Future screenings:

Further information or to organise screenings: chazheller@yahoo.com, lorenzopezzani@gmail.com

Forensic Aesthetics Exhibited in Krakow

Eyal Weizman and Thomas Keenan’s exhibition Forensic Aesthetics is on show at Pauza Gallery in Krakow until June 15, as part of Krakow Photomonth Festival 2014. The exhibition shows how, starting from the identification of Josef Mengele’s remains in the 1980s, human bones – and more recently also DNA samples and satellite photos – have become key evidence in enquiries involving genocide and war crimes. The curators aim to answer the question of what role imaging techniques and methods of representation play in processes related to crimes and politically motivated acts of violence. They also analyse the procedures and methods used in criminology, as well as the mutual relations of science, politics and the media.

Pauza Gallery is located at ul. Floriańska 18/5, (2nd floor). More information can be found on their website [PL] and in the Photomonth program [ENG].

FORENSIS exhibition opening at HKW Berlin

FORENSIS 
Exhibition
March 15 – May 5, 2014
HKW Berlin

In the framework of THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT 2013 – 2014

The FORENSIS exhibition, curated by Eyal Weizman and Anselm Franke, presents the work of the Forensic Architecture project at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes the presentation of forensic investigations – involving imaging processes, satellite images, 3D visualizations, models and videos – mobilised as evidence on behalf of prosecution teams, civil society organizations, activists, human rights groups, and the United Nations. These contemporary forensic practices are situated within broader political, historical, and aesthetic contexts.

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