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Sakkan Eku LA

Gisela McDaniel

Mixed media installation with sound | 2021

The Mistake Room

This installation will be available to view until December 31, 2021

Hours: Sunrise to sunset

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

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Gisela McDaniel, Sakkan Eku LA, 2021. Mixed media installation with sound. Photo © Chris Nelson.

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.

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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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