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Forensic Architecture: ‘We hope Turner Prize nomination will help with Grenfell probe’

Still shot from Forensic Architecture's Grenfell Tower plea-for-evidence video
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Forensic Architecture hopes its Turner Prize nomination will help increase understanding of how the Grenfell Tower tragedy occurred

The design and research practice, which operates from Goldsmiths at the University of London, was this morning named on a four-strong shortlist for the prestigious art award.

Earlier this year the AJ reported that Forensic Architecture was calling for evidence to help it build a three-dimensional model of how fire spread through Grenfell Tower in west London last summer.

Meanwhile the Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture exhibition runs at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London until 13 May. This presents a selection of the practice’s recent investigations including one into the deaths of a man in Kassel, Germany, and of migrants on the Mediterranean Sea.

Forensic researcher Nick Masterton told the AJ the practice was ‘really thrilled’ to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize.

‘We hope it will help to raise the profile of human rights across the board,’ he said. ‘I think if you look at the other nominees you can see that there is a shift towards politically motivated works and we are happy that this discussion is coming to the fore.’

Masterton added: ‘It also makes me feel hopeful in terms of Grenfell that we will be able to apply the collective resources – the footage of the night of the fire – and use it to provide a new public resource which will be taken seriously and be used to investigate the fire.’

Forensic has been made bookies’ favourite in the early betting on the Turner Prize.

William Hill made the design and research practice 13/8 to scoop the £25,000 award in December.

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

New Zealander Luke Willis Thompson is 3/1 to win the Turner 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 completes the field at 10/3. The Glasgow-based filmmaker’s work was shown at Bergen Kunsthall in Norway over the winter.

The Turner Prize 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.

Forensic architecture collage by forensic architecture

Forensic architecture collage by forensic architecture

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