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Sakkan Eku LA

Gisela McDaniel

Mixed media installation with sound | 2021

The Mistake Room

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

1811 E. 20th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90058

For more information visit tmr.la/epublicprojectsgiselamcdaniel2021

Gisela McDaniel, Study for Sakkan Eku LA, mixed media installation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Credit: Claire Gatto

About the Project

Gisela McDaniel is a diasporic, indigenous, Chamorro artist based in Detroit who for years has collaborated with survivors of various forms of violence through a practice that mobilizes storytelling as a method for healing. Recording interviews and conversations with people who want to share their stories, McDaniel creates soundscapes that go beyond bearing witness to violence and instead center narratives of care and perseverance. These soundscapes are remixed to allow for McDaniel’s collaborators to share as much or as little of their story as they want. Accompanying these soundscapes are intricately textured paintings of McDaniel’s collaborators that she creates through in-person sittings or photographs that people send to her. In these paintings, individuals are often portrayed through a gaze that privileges the possibilities of their future rather than just the burdens of their past. Wearing their favorite articles of clothing and incorporating objects of significance to them, McDaniel’s collaborators are seen anew in her works. For Things With Feathers, The Mistake Room’s trio of projects for Art Rise, McDaniel conducted interviews with individuals in Los Angeles and elsewhere whose experiences with violence shed light on the injustices and inequities that the pandemic has exacerbated. McDaniel recorded their stories, and created a soundscape that accompanies a major public mural of her collaborators in Downtown LA. The textured, mixed-media mural and accompanying sound work highlight various experiences of healing and remind us that there will be vibrant lives to live after this moment.

Contact us: info@werise.la

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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