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.