'Policing Justice' Lectures at PNCA: Alfredo Jaar and Forensic Architecture

February 13, 2024

This month, PNCA will host two exciting lectures as part of PICA's Policing Justice exhibition running from February 23rd to May 12th. First, internationally celebrated artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar will speak on Thursday, February 22nd about his work and practice, which explores the public’s desensitization to images of large-scale humanitarian crises and acts of violence. The following week, London-based research agency Forensic Architecture will discuss how they employ cutting-edge techniques in spatial and architectural analysis, open source investigation, digital modeling, and immersive technologies to investigate human rights violations committed by states, police forces, militaries, and corporations. Their recent work includes an investigation into the Portland Police Bureau’s use of tear gas against protesters in 2020 and its environmental and health impacts on the local community.

Policing Justice examines policing practices in Portland, Oregon, and their relationship to longer local and national histories of oppression through the lens of artists who call Portland their home and those who have witnessed and documented police brutality across the globe. The exhibition is guest curated by Nina Amstutz, Associate Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon, and Cleo Davis, local social construct artist, designer, educator, historian, and community leader. In addition to work by Jaar and Forensic Architecture, Policing Justice includes work by Blue, Carrie Mae Weems, Cleo Davis, Don't Shoot Portland, Kayin Talton Davis, Kimberly Moreland, Master Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr., Robert Clarke, and Sandy Rodriguez.

For a more information on the exhibition and its extensive programming, please visit PICA's official schedule.

Both lectures at PNCA are free and open to the public. 


Thursday, Feb 22: Graduate Lecture Series: Alfredo Jaar

Tuesday, Feb 27: Graduate Lecture Series: Forensic Architecture

Presented in partnership with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and University of Oregon Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

Banner image: Alfredo Jaar 06.01.2020 18.39, 2022 Mixed Media Installation, Overall dimension variable, Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co., New York and Paris and the artist, New York