SayTheirNames

#SayTheirNames is a project which, for me, began with Breonna Taylor. On the day that would be her 27th birthday, I painted her portrait. I caught myself smiling back at her smiling image, forgetting that I was painting a girl who was no longer with us. It was a very painful moment; this realization. The painful moment passed and with it the fear, the anger, the sickness and nausea of a haunted void.

This artwork is a memorial of all the victims of systemic racism. I call this artwork after the slogan say their names and the goal is to bring their faces to the memory of the people. Working on each of them, understanding each of their faces, diving into each story makes me feel like dressing a beloved dead. Each story is so sad and unfair . The human mind wishing to escape unbearable reality tends to try to forget. But the lack of memory creates a void full of sickness, fear and guilt. Honor their memory mourning them with bright colors, break the silence and open the cases and bringing justice is necessary not only for the families and friends of the victims : it is a catharsis of the humanity’s soul.

I want Breonna's smile to stay like a triumph and I wish to mourn all the victims with bright colors.
I want their looks, their smiles, their names to be imprinted into people’s memories forever.

Lydia Venieri, Trayvon Martin
Lydia Venieri, Stephon Clark
Lydia Venieri, Jessica Hernandez
Lydia Venieri, Tyisha Miller
Lydia Venieri, Ronald Madison
Lydia Venieri, Larry Jackson Jr
Lydia Venieri, Thera Doll Burn
Lydia Venieri, Henry Glover
Lydia Venieri, Aiyana Jones
Lydia Venieri, Tony McDade
Lydia Venieri, Ralph Latrez Bell
Lydia Venieri, Keith Childress, Jr.
Lydia Venieri, Tshegofato Pule
Lydia Venieri, Marielle Franco
Lydia Venieri, Nekeya Moody
Lydia Venieri, Willie McCoy
Lydia Venieri, Oluwatoyin Salau
Lydia Venieri, Antwon Rose Jr.
Lydia Venieri, George Zapantis
Lydia Venieri, James Brissette
Lydia Venieri, Shukri Abdi
Lydia Venieri, Michael Brown
Lydia Venieri, Cordale Handy
Lydia Venieri, Kendrick Johnson
Lydia Venieri, De'Von Bailey
Lydia Venieri, Anthony Hill
Lydia Venieri, Alejandro Vargas Jr.
Lydia Venieri, Walter Scott
Lydia Venieri, Laquan McDonald
Lydia Venieri, Rayshard Brooks
Lydia Venieri, Breonna Taylor
Lydia Venieri, William Chapman
Lydia Venieri, Jamar Clark
Lydia Venieri, Brian Quinones
Lydia Venieri, Steven Taylor
Lydia Venieri, Breonna Taylor
Lydia Venieri, Darrien Hunt
Lydia Venieri, Frank Smart
Lydia Venieri, Sandra Bland
Lydia Venieri, Layleen Polanco
Lydia Venieri, Elijah McClain
Lydia Venieri, Tamir Rice
Lydia Venieri, Tyre King
Lydia Venieri, Ariane McCree
Lydia Venieri, James Scurlock
Lydia Venieri, Ahmaud Arbery
Lydia Venieri, Dominique “Rem'Mie” Fells
Lydia Venieri, Isak Aden
Lydia Venieri, Alfred Sanders
Lydia Venieri, Tanisha Anderson
Lydia Venieri, Matthew Ajibade
Lydia Venieri, Malcolm Harsch
Lydia Venieri, Jerame Reid
Lydia Venieri, David McAtee
Lydia Venieri, Rumain Brisbon
Lydia Venieri, Ezell Ford
Lydia Venieri, Amadou Diallo
Lydia Venieri, Kenneka Jenkins
Lydia Venieri, Dante Parker
Lydia Venieri, Kalief Browder
Lydia Venieri, Breonna Taylor
Lydia Venieri, Joseph Mann
Lydia Venieri, Tyrese West
Lydia Venieri, George Floyd
Lydia Venieri, Meagan Hockaday
Lydia Venieri, Natasha McKenna
Lydia Venieri, Sean Reed
Lydia Venieri, Jule Dexter III
Lydia Venieri, Terrence Sterling
Lydia Venieri, Atatiana Koquice Jefferson
Lydia Venieri, Cesar Rodriguez
Lydia Venieri, Philando Castile
Lydia Venieri, MIchelle Cusseaux
Lydia Venieri, Tamir Rice
Lydia Venieri, Samuel DuBose
Lydia Venieri, Botham Jean
Lydia Venieri, Shantel Davis
Lydia Venieri, Riah Milton
Lydia Venieri, Eric Rivera
Lydia Venieri, Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.
Lydia Venieri, Jordan Edwards
Lydia Venieri, Akai Gurley
Lydia Venieri, Sean Monterrosa