A plume of cloud pollution with thermal imaging

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.

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.

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.

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Content warning: The following films contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Cloud Studies


Environmental Racism in Death Alley, Louisiana


Credits


Commissioned and produced by the Whitworth, The University of Manchester and Manchester International Festival.

Image: courtesy of the artist.

Access Information


This event takes place at the Whitworth, which is housed in an accessible Grade II listed building. There is step-free access to all areas of the venue, with lift access to all levels and event spaces. Visit this page for detailed information about the Whitworth and to plan your visit.

Cloud Studies includes a number of films, which are screened throughout the exhibition. Captioned versions of all films are screened all day on Sundays, and are also available to view online at all times via a QR code at the Whitworth.

We welcome specific access enquiries: please email us at access@mif.co.uk or call us on our dedicated access number on 0333 322 8679 (Option 3).