BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Utrecht, 18 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
From October 18, 2018 until January 27, 2019, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht presents Forensic Justice, an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture.
Forensic Architecture, a London-based independent and interdisciplinary research agency comprised of, among others, artists, scientists, lawyers, filmmakers, and architects uses novel research and aesthetico-political practice to investigate abuses of human rights and, more broadly, the rights of nature. They provide critical evidence for international courts and work with a wide range of citizen-led activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, as well as with art institutions as significant public forums for distributing the investigations.
The exhibition Forensic Justice features a number of tactical forensic reclamations of social and ecological justice. Articulating evidence-based counter-narratives to dominant interpretations of investigated events, the installations mobilize what Forensic Architecture refers to as “public truth”. These mobilizations, as the exhibition proposes, can be understood as critical instances of “forensic justice”.
The exhibition involves two main narratives, entwining the 20th century horrors of genocide with its contemporary extension into environmental catastrophes.
Accompanying the exhibition, BAK will be hosting a public programme, Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods, to examine and expand upon the notions of “evidence” and “method” in the practice of Forensic Architecture. The programme will be formed of a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops, co-curated by Nick Axel (architectural theorist and researcher, Amsterdam). Please visit the Propositions #7 website for more information.
The project is part of the BAK research series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–2020).
BAK’s main partner in the field of education and research is HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Utrecht.
BAK’s activities have been made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science and the City Council, Utrecht.
Installation photography © Tom Janssen / BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht
Forensic Architecture Exhibition Team