Defacement

This is the image before the defacement taken after the opening performance on April 30, 2010 [Please note: another performance took place on May 6, 2010 at 9am in which some words on the upper portion of the wall were stained with horizontal motions with a rags.]

Below are images of the wall installation taken the afternoon it was discovered defaced on May 11, 2010 [Note: 3 larger caricatures were discovered, 1 caricature on the far left had a word bubble which encircled the area of the stained wall text that reads “Kill all Arabs”]

This is the police report I filed today, Tuesday May 11, 2010:
On Tuesday May 11 at 12:30pm my friend and I came to view my installation titled “1700% Project: Otherance” and found the wall installation defaced with caricatures and a word bubble that was not part of the installation or original performance. The word bubble was strategically placed around the wall text that reads “Kill all Arabs.” This is obviously an intentional act of hate related vandalism. The person(s) used the stains & materials left in the space for the defacement. There is no invitation for anyone to interact with the materials. The work has statements on the wall plate, takeaway brochure & the wall itself indicating the work is about “hate crimes.”

Note from the artist:
A public performance is scheduled for Saturday May 15th at 12:30pm in Sullivan Galleries at the wall installation. My original performance was going to entail a scheduled performance of the text followed by a public staining of the walls. The point of the work is to make what is seemingly invisible more visible. However, based on this recent incident, I am responding by modifying the performance to include a facilitated dialogue with faculty, students, the public and the communities to which these acts of hate and bias crimes address. The “1700% Project: Otherance” is a politically charged art installation that cannot be silenced and disrupted in this manner. During Saturday’s performance I am asking for the public to join me in the staining process — to transform the marks of vandalism and hate into acts of collective healing and reclamation. This is a call to action to respond as a community within and beyond the borders of SAIC!

What this proves to me is that this is not just a student art piece, this is not just another graduate thesis project, this is work that extends beyond campus and institution walls. This work of art is at the center of a critical point where xenophobia, violence and fear intersect. It is disheartening to see my work defaced, but it is not surprising considering its politically charged content. This is not just an assault on me as an artist, this is an attack on multiple communities to which the work speaks for. — Anida Yoeu Ali

In addition to 5/15 performance, a final closing performance is also scheduled for Friday May 21 at 4:30pm.
All events are open to the public and free of charge.
The exhibition at Sullivan Galleries (33 S. State, 7th Floor) runs from April 30 – May 21, 2010.
Gallery hours are from Tu-Sa 11am-6pm.

To download the PDF version of the Press Release regarding this incident, please click here.

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