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Forensic Architecture

Artist Collective - Multidisciplinary research agency investigating human rights violations

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Forensic Architecture. Photo: Oliver Chanarin

“Where subjectivity is required of the artist or scientist, the investigator must be objective. Our work starts by trying to break that dichotomy… the way you achieve that is through the field of aesthetics,” Eyal Weizman, head of this London-based collective of artists, architects, journalists and investigators, told ArtReview. That breaking of boundaries can be felt not just in their multifaceted investigations, presented as digital and spatial reenactments of various human-rights abuses and environmental crimes (the most high-profile of which this year was supplying evidence that slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was deliberately shot at by the Israeli military), but in the manner they make their work public. Museum shows (at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Louisiana Museum, Denmark; the Frankfurter Kunstverein; and the Museo de Antioquia, Medellín) and biennial appearances (in Berlin, Warsaw and Survival Kit 13, Riga) reach a certain audience, but their collaborations with media organisations, NGOs and activists achieve even an greater attention to their vital findings.

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