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Bookies back Forensic Architecture to win Turner Prize

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Forensic Architecture has been made the bookies’ favourite in the early betting on this year’s Turner Prize

William Hill priced the design and research practice, which operates from Goldsmiths at the University of London and investigates crimes and injustice, at 13/8 to scoop the £25,000 visual-arts prize in December.

Naeem Mohaiemen, 49. whose exhibition There is no Last Man ran at the MoMA gallery in New York until last month, was this morning (26 April) installed at 11/4.

New Zealander Luke Willis Thompson, 30, is 3/1 to win the prize after being shortlisted for his portrait of Diamond Reynolds, who broadcast the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer in Minnesota.

Charlotte Prodger, 44, completes the field at 10/3. The Glasgow-based filmmaker’s work was shown at Bergen Kunsthall in Norway over the winter.

‘This year’s shortlist is eclectic and thought-provoking and there are a number of bases covered,’ said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. ‘All four have their merits and the betting is incredibly close as a result.’

The shortlisted firms’ work will be displayed at Tate Britain from September this year until January 2019. A winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be broadcast live on the BBC in December.

The jury praised Forensic Architecture for developing ‘highly innovative methods for sourcing and visualising evidence relating to human rights abuses around the world, used in courts of law as well as exhibitions of art and architecture’, Tate Britain said.

Still shot from Forensic Architecture's Grenfell Tower plea-for-evidence video

Forensic Architecture’s Grenfell Tower video

Still shot from Forensic Architecture’s Grenfell Tower plea-for-evidence video

Forensic’s recent exhibitions include Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

This presented a selection of the practice’s recent investigations including into a death of a man in Kassel, Germany, and those of migrants on the Mediterranean Sea.

The AJ reported earlier this year that Forensic Architecture was building a three-dimensional model of how fire spread through Grenfell Tower last June.

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