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Forensic Architecture

Artist Collective - Multidisciplinary research agency investigating human rights violations

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Photo: Oliver Chanarin

Palestine has long been a focus for the London-based group of architects, artists, journalists and software developers who use aesthetics, as leader Eyal Weizman puts it, to investigate human rights abuses. It was just days into the Israel-Hamas conflict that Forensic Architecture (FA) was providing modelling for pro-Palestine NGOs and Britain’s Channel 4 News on the blast at al-Ahli Arab Hospital. FA says its investigations are legally admissible, but as six men appealing their conviction for arson at the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, with evidence from an FA investigation have found, justice can be a long process. With the hearing for the ‘Moria Six’ pushed back a year, FA presented findings prepared in the group’s defence at State of Concept Athens. Its form of politicised exhibition-making continues to spread in influence, with another solo show in August, at Santiago’s Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, that featured its Latin American investigations. For the Venice Architecture Biennale it made a bit of a departure, collaborating with archaeologist David Wengrow on topographical analysis to reveal an ancient egalitarian civilisation.

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