Open Meeting: Inter-Pacific Ring Tribunal (INTERPRT)

Nabil Ahmed: Scene of a Crime; topographic model of Grasberg mine, West Papua, 2016-17; Image courtesy the artist

A day of meetings and discussions reflecting on the Inter-Pacific Ring Tribunal (INTERPRT) project, initiated by artist-researcher Nabil Ahmed.  

 
INTERPRT is a three-year spatial investigation of the West Papua/Indonesia conflict towards a series of alternative tribunals on ecocide in the Pacific region. West Papua is one of the most bio-diverse areas of the world, with 32 million hectares of tropical rainforest and mangroves, and rich marine reef environments. It is also the site of a long-term conflict between Indonesia and indigenous Papuans seeking self-determination. Central to the conflict is the Grasberg mine, which contains the planet’s largest combined reserve of copper and gold. Ahmed’s painstaking research contributes to building a case of ecocide against Freeport: the mining company that operates Grasberg mine and potentially the Indonesian state.
 
Study Morning, 10am - 12pm
Artist-researcher Nabil Ahmed will present his current research and work in his exhibition as part of Conflict Minerals at Arts Catalyst. Esther Cann, human rights practitioner and writer, will read from her current novel on West Papua. Diploma students from The Cass School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University will give presentations on the theme of “architecture and justice”. 
 
Open Meeting, 2pm - 5pm
Join artist-researcher Nabil Ahmed and invited guests from various specialisms, including human rights and law, to reflect on current social and ecological issues in West Papua. The open meeting will initiate responses from attendees to explore ways of approaching the environmental impacts of industrial mining in West Papua as a case of ecocide. With Fadjar Schouten-Karwa and Szilvia Czevar (International Lawyers for West Papua), Andrew Hickman and others.
 
 
Biography
Nabil Ahmed is an artist and researcher working on environmental violence and forensic architecture. His writings have appeared in academic journals, magazines, and various art, science and architecture publications such as Third Text, Scientific Reports, Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, and South Magazine - Documenta 14. He has been part of the Anthropocene Project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennial. He is co-founder of Call and Response, a sound art organization in London. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture. He lives and works in London.
 
Nabil Ahmed’s work is part of Conflict Minerals and supported by Akademie Schloss Solitude, TBA21 Academy and Forensic Architecture.