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Los Angeles, I hope u know how loved u are

Classroom of Compassion

Mixed media installation | 2021

The Mistake Room

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

Picture of art work: Classroom of Compassion, Los Angeles, I hope u know how loved u are, 2021. Mixed media installation. Image courtesy Noah Reich.
Classroom of Compassion, Los Angeles, I hope u know how loved u are, 2021. Mixed media installation. Image courtesy Noah Reich.

Little Tokyo Car Wash
647 Mateo Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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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WE RISE honors the profound contribution of Tongva Elder and WE RISE artist Julia Bogany who passed away March 28, 2021 in Los Angeles. We uplift her voice as an incredible leader who used arts and culture to educate, elevate and build community.

“We, the Indigenous People, the Traditional Caretakers of this landscape are the direct descendants of the First People who formed our lands, our worlds during creation time. We have always been here. Our Ancestors prepared and became the landscapes and worlds for the coming of humans with order, knowledge and gifts embedded in the landscape. Our Ancestors imbued us, who now live here, with the responsibility and obligations of our original instructions as told to us in our creation stories. We are guided by protocol and etiquette to be part of, take care of, and ensure the welfare of the NATURE, the extended family and community defined in its most inclusive expression. We pass those teachings and responsibilities onto our children, grandchildren and many generations to come.”

- Julia Bogany. October, 2020.

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