Tuesday 21 November 2017

Grisly displays at crime exhibition

A piece showing a suicidal gunshot wound and bullet on display at The Wellcome Collection's Forensics: The anatomy of crime exhibition
A piece showing a suicidal gunshot wound and bullet on display at The Wellcome Collection's Forensics: The anatomy of crime exhibition

A scalp damaged by bullet holes and a floor on which a murdered man was discovered are on display in a new grisly exhibition on crime.

The spring exhibition runs at the Wellcome Collection, which has previously shown displays on the study of sex, the brain and death.

Forensics: The Anatomy Of Crime features sketches from the site of a murder attributed to Jack the Ripper, murder weapons and the brain of a suicide victim.

In one installation, visitors will be confronted with the sounds from an autopsy of a murder victim.

Photographs of people who were wrongly convicted of crimes are also on show.

Mexican artist Teresa Margolles has displayed a section of the tiled floor on which her close friend was found murdered.

The crime scene "signifies the absence of the person and emphasises loss", according to the Wellcome Collection.

And in a mortuary fridge, for visitors to walk into, photographs of mass grave sites are displayed.

Wellcome Collection's h ead of public programmes Ken Arnold said : 'Forensics reminds us of the human body's extraordinary capacity to leave traces beyond death and disappearance.

"This unsettling truth is both the focus of an astonishing range of scientific enquiry and fertile territory for the cultural imagination."

Forensics: The Anatomy Of Crime opens on Thursday and runs to June 21 at the Wellcome Collection, in central London.

Press Association

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