Victim of American Fear (Inspired by Oscar Grant)

Just wanted to share a painting done by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, of Oscar Grant. This is what Fazlalizadeh had to say about the piece, and about Grant, in general:

“This painting is my reaction to the Johannes Mehrsele, a former BART officer, verdict and sentencing in the case of him fatally shooting Oscar Grant, an unarmed young black man. This incident happened in Oakland, CA almost two years ago. Grant, who was 22 years old, was lying face down on the ground when Mehrsele shot him in the back after supposedly mistaking his gun for his Taser. This event was captured by cell phone camera by many witnesses. It was a shocking killing that infuriated many. And the conviction of Mehserle of involuntary manslaughter, the best he could have gotten outside of aquittal, left even more people angry.

My painting is a portrait of a young black man with a shooting range target painted onto his torso. It is to express the casual and perpetual killing of black men. It is to express the way that black men are profiled as intimidating, criminal beings who are to be feared, and justifiably hurt. The Mehrsele case is an example of this.”

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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10 years ago

Thanks for sharing this!!

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