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Los Angeles, I hope u know how loved u are

Classroom of Compassion

Mixed media installation | 2021

The Mistake Room

For more information visit tmr.la/epublicprojectsclassroomofcompassion2021

Classroom of Compassion, Los Angeles, I hope u know how loved u are, 2021. Mixed media installation. Image courtesy of the artist.

About the Project

Classroom of Compassion (David Maldonado and Noah Reich) is a collective that over the past five years has explored the role that public memorials have in helping communities process grief. For Things With Feathers, The Mistake Room’s trio of projects for Art Rise, Classroom of Compassion presents a large-scale floral altar to remember the many Angelenos we’ve lost amid the pandemic, and in particular those from communities that have been disproportionately affected. The work is envisioned as a space and moment to grieve and memorialize the many angels of L.A. together. Titled Los Angeles, I hope u know how loved you are, the work is sited in Downtown L.A. on a lot on Mateo Street that currently functions as a car wash. Through a public outreach campaign that will last throughout the presentation of the installation, Classroom of Compassion and TMR will ask members of the community to submit photos and stories of loved ones they have lost amid the pandemic. The photos will be used to create a looping in memoriam video that projects on a screen embedded in the altar and also on a microsite that functions as a virtual form of the work. Classroom of Compassion hopes that this space will give those that are grieving the loss of friends and family an opportunity to process their loss with others like them and in turn hold space for their healing journey. An accompanying series of online public programs activate the work throughout the duration of its presentation.

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WE RISE is the annual Mental Health Awareness Month initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s ongoing WHY WE RISE campaign, funded by sponsorships and Prop 63.

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