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2008

2008

​6’ x 9’ in a 21’ x  32’ room installation

Hand carved wooden shrine sculpture and installation, physically inspired by my family’s shrine in Sari, Iran.  For this piece I did research on all of the people who were killed by police in Los Angeles in 2008.  Of the 41 people documented, I was able to find 14 photographs to make the carved portraits on the panels. One of the portraits is of my friend Christian Portillo, who was 34 when he was killed.

Based on this research which I distributed, police were also forced to reexamine the case of Marco Gomez another young man killed by LAPD. The wall text is from an Iranian Shia prayer for those who died as victims of violence.

2008

2008

6’ x 9’ in a 21’ x  32’ room installation

Hand carved wooden shrine sculpture and installation, physically inspired by my family’s shrine in Sari, Iran.  For this piece I did research on all of the people who were killed by police in Los Angeles in 2008.  Of the 41 people documented, I was able to find 14 photographs to make the carved portraits on the panels. One of the portraits is of my friend Christian Portillo, who was 34 when he was killed.

Based on this research which I distributed, police were also forced to reexamine the case of Marco Gomez another young man killed by LAPD. The wall text is from an Iranian Shia prayer for those who died as victims of violence.

Performance 2008

Performance 2008

​Inside of the shrine, I created a second rectangular layer nearly equal the height and width of the outside structure made of plexi-glass. For a total of 5 Saturdays, I went inside of the shrine and wrote other all of the incidents I could find internationally of civilian deaths by police or military. I wrote each story backward so it could be legible from the outside. Sometimes family members of the victims would come to see and make tell me to make corrections or additions, which I obliged.

Performance 2008

Performance 2008

Inside of the shrine, I created a second rectangular layer nearly equal the height and width of the outside structure made of plexi-glass. For a total of 5 Saturdays, I went inside of the shrine and wrote other all of the incidents I could find internationally of civilian deaths by police or military. I wrote each story backward so it could be legible from the outside. Sometimes family members of the victims would come to see and make tell me to make corrections or additions, which I obliged.

Portable shrine 2009 - present

Portable shrine 2009 - present

Collapsible installation made with stencils spray painted onto paper, to tour Chicago, Oakland, New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Toronto, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas with faces of people killed in the above cities by law enforcement or paramilitary

2008

​6’ x 9’ in a 21’ x  32’ room installation

Hand carved wooden shrine sculpture and installation, physically inspired by my family’s shrine in Sari, Iran.  For this piece I did research on all of the people who were killed by police in Los Angeles in 2008.  Of the 41 people documented, I was able to find 14 photographs to make the carved portraits on the panels. One of the portraits is of my friend Christian Portillo, who was 34 when he was killed.

Based on this research which I distributed, police were also forced to reexamine the case of Marco Gomez another young man killed by LAPD. The wall text is from an Iranian Shia prayer for those who died as victims of violence.

2008

6’ x 9’ in a 21’ x  32’ room installation

Hand carved wooden shrine sculpture and installation, physically inspired by my family’s shrine in Sari, Iran.  For this piece I did research on all of the people who were killed by police in Los Angeles in 2008.  Of the 41 people documented, I was able to find 14 photographs to make the carved portraits on the panels. One of the portraits is of my friend Christian Portillo, who was 34 when he was killed.

Based on this research which I distributed, police were also forced to reexamine the case of Marco Gomez another young man killed by LAPD. The wall text is from an Iranian Shia prayer for those who died as victims of violence.

Performance 2008

​Inside of the shrine, I created a second rectangular layer nearly equal the height and width of the outside structure made of plexi-glass. For a total of 5 Saturdays, I went inside of the shrine and wrote other all of the incidents I could find internationally of civilian deaths by police or military. I wrote each story backward so it could be legible from the outside. Sometimes family members of the victims would come to see and make tell me to make corrections or additions, which I obliged.

Performance 2008

Inside of the shrine, I created a second rectangular layer nearly equal the height and width of the outside structure made of plexi-glass. For a total of 5 Saturdays, I went inside of the shrine and wrote other all of the incidents I could find internationally of civilian deaths by police or military. I wrote each story backward so it could be legible from the outside. Sometimes family members of the victims would come to see and make tell me to make corrections or additions, which I obliged.

Portable shrine 2009 - present

Collapsible installation made with stencils spray painted onto paper, to tour Chicago, Oakland, New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Toronto, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas with faces of people killed in the above cities by law enforcement or paramilitary

2008
2008
Performance 2008
Performance 2008
Portable shrine 2009 - present