Evidence on Trial presents a wide range of materials sourced from the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is comprised of 9.3 million documents and objects, including videos, photographs, audio, aerial footage, X-rays, diagrams, models, maps and even remnants of charred timber. As a quasi-historic body with its cases largely completed and sentencing rendered, these evidentiary artefacts constitute a legal record of the first international criminal law court—a process of war crimes prosecution that began with the Nuremberg and Tokyo Trials in the 1940s, and continued with the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1994. But they also provide extraordinary insight into the complex inner workings of an international court. In particular, they disclose the procedures and practices that convert testimony and artefacts into matters of legal evidence capable of presiding over questions of public truth. As Evidence on Trial takes us through the mechanisms of the Tribunal from indictments to judgments, material evidence will play a crucial role in asking how the “justice of law” might answer to the “injustices of war”.
Description: 26 sequences incorporated into a 16-channel video installation with 2-channel audio. Presented as a video-wall using 28″ purpose-built Hantarex monitors dating to 1990. Overall length 120 mins.
Evidence on Trial was supported by Stroom Den Haag, Arts Council of England. Research contributing to the project was supported by Forensic Architecture.