Institutional Racism – from Dessau to Hanau
Public guided tour

02.07.2022, 14:00

through the exhibition Three Doors – Forensic Architecture/Forensis, Initiative 19. Februar Hanau, Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh with Jeanne Nzakizabandi

In this guided tour of the exhibition Three Doors, the continuities of racist violence in Germany will be highlighted using the example of Forensic Architecture’s investigations into the terrorist attack of 19 February 19 2020 in Hanau and the Oury Jalloh murder case in Dessau. The attack in Hanau has received visible media attention, but it is part of a series of little-noticed right-wing violent excesses throughout Germany. The attacks of the 1990s, for example in Mölln, Rostock-Lichtenhagen or Hoyerswerda, the nine murders committed by the NSU complex between 2000 and 2006 and the attack in Halle in 2019 should be mentioned in this context. In each of these cases – and in the case of Oury Jalloh in particular – there is institutional racism at the root, which was made possible for years through cover-ups and concealment. Both the Initiative 19. Februar Hanau and the Initiative in Gedenken an Oury Jalloh recall that the families and friends of the victims of racist violence have experienced a loss of trust in the authorities in addition to their personal loss.

This is where the counter investigations of Forensic Architecture come in. Together with the initiatives and the survivors, they carry out investigations and plausibility checks that have fallen out of the focus of the investigations (or have deliberately not been asked). These are the questions that will be explored during the tour: Where and how is institutional racism evident in Hanau and Dessau? Where can continuities be identified? And above all: (How) does Forensic Architecture answer these questions?

With pre-registration via e-mail to post(at)

The guided tour costs 3 € plus admission fee and takes place in German, guided tours in foreign languages on request.