The scale of human suffering in the Gaza Strip and Israel over the last month is staggering.
On Oct. 7, 2023, over 1,200 people in Israel lost their lives at the hands of Hamas. In the month since, the Israeli government’s campaign of collective punishment in response to the horrific attacks killed 10,328 people — over 4,000 of them children. 238 people taken hostage on Oct. 7 remain in captivity.
As a first-generation immigrant whose story is also rooted in oppression and violence and a decades-long quiet struggle for liberation — I wanted to someway, somehow, channel the shared sense of human suffering and the scale of death and destruction.
Art has long been a powerful medium to communicate politics and policy. Through a conversation with a friend, I was inspired to create and install an artistic memorial on the National Mall. I designed the piece to convey a sense of deep and solemn emptiness, and quiet dissent to the current policy of the US government.