Inauguration of FAR Bazaar
Inauguration of Far Bazaar (1995) in collaboration with Rachel Siegel.
Materials: papier maché, paint, human hair, rope, pulleys, baseball bat. Performance at Foundation For Art Resources event "FAR Bazaar" at the Brewery, LA.
During the performance, volunteer spectators were blindfolded and invited to swing and hit piñatas representing the four police officers who were tried and acquitted for the excessively violent beating of Rodney King in 1991. The beating was videotaped by a spectator from a nearby balcony and sent to a news station, and subsequently seen around the world. It raised awareness about the biased, violent, and racist treatment of people of color by police in the United States.
When the acquittal verdicts were announced, many felt that the decisions were unjust and took to the streets to protest. The aftermath of the verdict was a period of civil unrest that some refer to as the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. By the time the police, the U.S Army, Marines, and National Guard restored order, the riots had caused 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damage to 3,100 businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial losses."