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Cloud Studies | Forensic Architecture
From Palestine to Beirut, London to Indonesia and the US–Mexico border, Forensic Architecture investigate, explore and expose how power reshapes the very air we breathe in this urgent and compelling exhibition.
Tear gas clouds spread poison where we gather, bomb clouds vaporise buildings, chemical weapons suffocate entire neighbourhoods and air pollution targets the marginalised. Our air is weaponised. Our clouds are toxic.
Cloud Studies includes the first phase of a major new Forensic Architecture investigation, commissioned for the Festival by the Whitworth and MIF, on environmental racism along the banks of the Mississippi in Louisiana. Here, majority-Black communities whose ancestors were enslaved on these grounds breathe the most toxic air in the US – leading to the region’s nickname, 'Cancer Alley'.
Forensic Architecture is a research agency of architects, artists, filmmakers, journalists, lawyers, scientists and software developers that investigates state and corporate violence. Cloud Studies is their first exhibition in Manchester.
Please note: To fully experience this exhibition headphones are required. You will be given a pair of sanitised headphones when you enter the exhibition and these should be returned when you leave. You are very welcome to bring your own headphones for use in the exhibition
Commissioned and produced by the Whitworth, The University of Manchester and Manchester International Festival.
Image: Courtesy of the artist
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Cloud Studies Exhibition
We recognise the Cloud Studies exhibition, by Forensic Architecture raises complex issues with widely differing views across different communities and, as a university and gallery, we are also mindful of our role in creating spaces for debate and in academic and artistic freedom. Read the full statement here.
2 July – 17 October 2021
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The Whitworth, as part of the University of Manchester, is a non-political organisation and while respecting the right of the artist to express their views which is at the heart of artistic practice and mission, the views expressed are those of the artists and should not be considered to represent those of the Whitworth or the University.