Investigations is the first UK
survey exhibition of the work of Forensic Architecture, an
independent research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of
‛Forensic Architecture’ is
not only the name of the agency but a form of investigative practice that
traverses architectural, journalistic, legal and political fields, and
moves from theoretical examination to practical application. In
recent years Forensic Architecture has undertaken a series of investigations
internationally into state crimes and human rights violations, spanning
events within war zones and instances of politically and racially
motivated violence and killing.
Investigations presents a selection of these
investigations. As historically contextualised interrogations of
contemporary social and political processes, they put forward a form of ‛counter forensics’,
serving as sites for the pursuit of public accountability through
scientific and aesthetic means, in opposition to the monopolisation
of narratives around events by state agencies.
The exhibition outlines five key concepts that raise related
historical, theoretical, and technological questions. Explored in an
accompanying series of public seminars, they add up to a short
course in forensic architecture.
Detail from a mural plotting the narrative trajectories of different
participants, both victims and perpetrators, in the enforced
disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in 2014.
Image: Forensic Architecture, 2017
supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
and the Forensic Architecture Exhibition Supporters Circle
of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH