Forensic Architecture Threats Gallery with Withdrawal

The decision followed concerns over art censorship

A part of the exhibition “Cloud Studies” shown at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester addressed violence used by Israeli forces against Palestinian individuals. Organization UK Lawyers for Israel claimed that a comparison of the Palestinian and Black liberation struggles aims to “provoke racial discord”. 

Forensic Architecture’s solidarity message with Palestine was removed from the entrance of the exhibition following the meeting “between the university, the gallery, UKLFI and Jewish community groups in Manchester,” as the article by Guardian claims. As a result, Forensic Architecture threatened to pull their work from the exhibition, which led to its temporary closure.

This is a particularly ironic situation, as the first project undertaken by Forensic Architecture was an investigation into the killing of Bassem Abu Rahma in Bil’in, a village in Palestine. The case was eventually presented to the Supreme Court of Israel.

Exhibition “Cloud Studies” shows results of investigations and explorations about how power structures are capable of reshaping the air we breathe. It exposes the impact of tear gas, bomb clouds, chemical weapons, and air pollution suffocating the vulnerable groups.

According to the Twitter post by Forensic Architecture, the solidarity message was reinstated on 18 August.

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