Exhibition

18 October 2018–27 January 2019

Forensic Justice

An exhibition and public program with Forensic Architecture

Opening: 18 October 2018, 18.00

  • Installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Forensic Architecture, The Bombing of Rafah, Gaza, Palestine, 1 August 2014, 2015, opening exhibition Forensic Justice at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Forensic Architecture, Center for Contemporary Nature, 2016–ongoing, opening exhibition Forensic Justice at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • The project file for the investigation of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, a young Greek rapper who was killed by Golden Dawn (September 2013), consists of a synchronized mosaic of the audio and video material that was included in the court files. The patterns emerging within the file structure mirror the movement of actors within the scene as well as the visual and aural clues used for the synchronization.

  • Forensic Architecture, 77sqm_9:26min, 2017, installation Forensic Justice, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018–2019, photo: Tom Janssen

  • Forensic Architecture, Investigation into the Murder of Pavlos Fyssas, 2018, opening exhibition Forensic Justice at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2018, photo: Tom Janssen

Opening times

Thu 18 Oct 2018
Fri 19 Oct 2018
Sat 20 Oct 2018
Sun 21 Oct 2018
Wed 24 Oct 2018
Thu 25 Oct 2018
Fri 26 Oct 2018
Sat 27 Oct 2018
Sun 28 Oct 2018
Wed 31 Oct 2018
Thu 1 Nov 2018
Fri 2 Nov 2018
Sat 3 Nov 2018
Sun 4 Nov 2018
Wed 7 Nov 2018
Thu 8 Nov 2018
Fri 9 Nov 2018
Sat 10 Nov 2018
Sun 11 Nov 2018
Wed 14 Nov 2018
Thu 15 Nov 2018
Fri 16 Nov 2018
Sat 17 Nov 2018
Sun 18 Nov 2018
Wed 21 Nov 2018
Thu 22 Nov 2018
Fri 23 Nov 2018
Sat 24 Nov 2018
Sun 25 Nov 2018
Wed 28 Nov 2018
Thu 29 Nov 2018
Fri 30 Nov 2018
Sat 1 Dec 2018
Sun 2 Dec 2018
Wed 5 Dec 2018
Thu 6 Dec 2018
Fri 7 Dec 2018
Sat 8 Dec 2018
Sun 9 Dec 2018
Wed 12 Dec 2018
Thu 13 Dec 2018
Fri 14 Dec 2018
Sat 15 Dec 2018
Sun 16 Dec 2018
Wed 19 Dec 2018
Thu 20 Dec 2018
Fri 21 Dec 2018
Sat 22 Dec 2018
Sun 23 Dec 2018
Wed 26 Dec 2018
Thu 27 Dec 2018
Fri 28 Dec 2018
Sat 29 Dec 2018
Sun 30 Dec 2018
Wed 2 Jan 2019
Thu 3 Jan 2019
Fri 4 Jan 2019
Sat 5 Jan 2019
Sun 6 Jan 2019
Wed 9 Jan 2019
Thu 10 Jan 2019
Fri 11 Jan 2019
Sat 12 Jan 2019
Sun 13 Jan 2019
Wed 16 Jan 2019
Thu 17 Jan 2019
Fri 18 Jan 2019
Sat 19 Jan 2019
Sun 20 Jan 2019
Wed 23 Jan 2019
Thu 24 Jan 2019
Fri 25 Jan 2019
Sat 26 Jan 2019
Sun 27 Jan 2019

Please note: on Saturday 29 December 2018, one of the works of the exhibition, 77sqm_9:26, 2017, cannot be viewed because of an activity in the auditorium. Visitors who would like to return another day to view this work receive a free ticket at the desk.

From October 18, 2018 till January 27, 2019, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht presents Forensic Justice, an exhibition and a series of public programs with Forensic Architecture. On the occasion of the opening, Eyal Weizman (architect, researcher, and Director of Forensic Architecture, London) and Christina Varvia (architect, researcher, and Deputy Director of Forensic Architecture, London) give a lecture on the agency’s forensic practice.

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.”

On a near bi-weekly basis, the public program Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods takes place to examine and expand upon the notions of “evidence” and “method” in the practice of Forensic Architecture in a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops, co-curated by Nick Axel (architectural theorist and researcher, Amsterdam). The series includes contributions by Ariel Caine (Forensic Architecture, London); Gamze Hızlı and Özlem Zingil (Hafiza Merkezi [Truth Justice Memory Center], Istanbul; Lisa Ito (Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Manila); Stefan Laxness (Forensic Architecture, London); Stefanos Levidis (Forensic Architecture, London); Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture, London); Simone Rowat (Forensic Architecture, London); Natascha Sadr Haghighian (People’s Tribunal “Unraveling the NSU Complex” and Initiative 6 April, Kassel); and Jo van der Spek (Migrant 2 Migrant Foundation, Amsterdam).

Forensic Architecture is nominated for the Turner Prize 2018. Earlier in 2018, the research agency was awarded the Princess Margriet Award for Culture by the European Culture Foundation, Amsterdam.

Please note: because of shocking footage in the exhibition, the exhibition is not suited for visitors younger than twelve years old.

Guided tours

Join a guided tour of Forensic Justice! A guided tour costs €5,- (price includes entrance to the exhibition). The tour lasts one hour and will, depending on the participants, be in Dutch or English. There is a limited capacity for each tour, so we advise you to book a ticket in advance to ensure a spot.

Dates and times:

Saturday 1 December 2018 15.30-16.30 hrs. Book your ticket here.

Sunday 9 December 2018 13.30-14.30 hrs. Book your ticket here.

Saturday 15 December 2018 13.30-14.30 hrs. Book your ticket here.

Saturday 22 December 2018  13.30-14.30 hrs. Book your ticket here.

We Are Public

This program is selected by We Are Public. With a We Are Public pass, you have free entrance to Forensic Justice on the following Saturdays: 12, 19, and 26 January 2019.

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.

The lecture by Eyal Weizman and Christina Varvia taking place at the opening of the exhibition Forensic Justice has been organized in collaboration with the European Cultural Foundation, as part of their program highlighting the work of the 2018 laureates.

This project has been made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, the City Council, Utrecht, and the Mondriaan Fund.

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