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.
2 July–18 July
Venue: The Whitworth
Free – ticket required
Continues at the Whitworth until 17 October
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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