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. In these moments art is Catharsis. I want her 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, Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor

Lydia Venieri, Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor

Lydia Venieri, Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor

Lydia Venieri, Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery

Lydia Venieri, Jordan Edwards

Jordan Edwards

Lydia Venieri, Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

Lydia Venieri, Philando Castile

Philando Castile

Lydia Venieri, Ronald Madison

Ronald Madison

Lydia Venieri, Layleen Polanco

Layleen Polanco

Lydia Venieri, Tyisha Miller

Tyisha Miller

Lydia Venieri, Jule Dexter III

Jule Dexter III

Lydia Venieri, Samuel DuBose

Samuel DuBose

Lydia Venieri, Keith Childress, Jr.

Keith Childress, Jr.

Lydia Venieri, Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.

Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.

Lydia Venieri, Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland

Lydia Venieri, Aiyana Jones

Aiyana Jones

Lydia Venieri, Alejandro Vargas Jr.

Alejandro Vargas Jr.

Lydia Venieri, James Brissette

James Brissette

Lydia Venieri, Amadou Diallo

Amadou Diallo

Lydia Venieri, Anthony Hill

Anthony Hill

Lydia Venieri, Botham Jean

Botham Jean

Lydia Venieri, George Floyd

George Floyd

Lydia Venieri, Henry Glover

Henry Glover

Lydia Venieri, Jamar Clark

Jamar Clark

Lydia Venieri, James Scurlock

James Scurlock

Lydia Venieri, Kendrick Johnson

Kendrick Johnson

Lydia Venieri, Kenneka Jenkins

Kenneka Jenkins

Lydia Venieri, Meagan Hockaday

Meagan Hockaday

Lydia Venieri, Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Lydia Venieri, Shantel Davis

Shantel Davis

Lydia Venieri, Stephon Clark

Stephon Clark

Lydia Venieri, Terrence Sterling

Terrence Sterling

Lydia Venieri, Tony McDade

Tony McDade

Lydia Venieri, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Lydia Venieri, Tyre King

Tyre King

Lydia Venieri, Tyrese West

Tyrese West

Lydia Venieri, Walter Scott

Walter Scott

Lydia Venieri, William Chapman

William Chapman

Lydia Venieri, Willie McCoy

Willie McCoy

Lydia Venieri, Alfred Sanders

Alfred Sanders

Lydia Venieri, Akai Gurley

Akai Gurley

Lydia Venieri, Antwon Rose Jr.

Antwon Rose Jr.

Lydia Venieri, Ariane McCree

Ariane McCree

Lydia Venieri, Brian Quinones

Brian Quinones

Lydia Venieri, Cesar Rodriguez

Cesar Rodriguez

Lydia Venieri, Cordale Handy

Cordale Handy

Lydia Venieri, Dante Parker

Dante Parker

Lydia Venieri, Darrien Hunt

Darrien Hunt

Lydia Venieri, David McAtee

David McAtee

Lydia Venieri, De'Von Bailey

De'Von Bailey

Lydia Venieri, Eric Rivera

Eric Rivera

Lydia Venieri, Ezell Ford

Ezell Ford

Lydia Venieri, Frank Smart

Frank Smart

Lydia Venieri, Isak Aden

Isak Aden

Lydia Venieri, Jerame Reid

Jerame C. Reid

Lydia Venieri, Joseph Mann

Joseph Mann

Lydia Venieri, Kalief Browder

Kalief Browder

Lydia Venieri, Laquan McDonald

Laquan McDonald

Lydia Venieri, Larry Jackson Jr

Larry Jackson Jr

Lydia Venieri, Matthew Ajibade

Matthew Ajibade

Lydia Venieri, MIchelle Cusseaux

MIchelle Cusseaux

Lydia Venieri, Natasha McKenna

Natasha McKenna

Lydia Venieri, Nekeya Moody

Nekeya Moody

Lydia Venieri, Ralph Latrez Bell

Ralph Latrez Bell

Lydia Venieri, Rumain Brisbon

Rumain Brisbon

Lydia Venieri, Sean Monterrosa

Sean Monterrosa

Lydia Venieri, Sean Reed

Sean Reed

Lydia Venieri, Shukri Abdi

Shukri Abdi

Lydia Venieri, Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor

Lydia Venieri, Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

Lydia Venieri, Tanisha Anderson

Tanisha Anderson

Lydia Venieri, Tshegofato Pule

Tshegofato Pule

Lydia Venieri, Riah Milton

Riah Milton

Lydia Venieri, Rayshard Brooks

Rayshard Brooks

Lydia Venieri, Oluwatoyin Salau

Oluwatoyin Salau

Lydia Venieri, Malcolm Harsch

Malcolm Harsch

Lydia Venieri, Dominique “Rem'Mie” Fells

Dominique “Rem'Mie” Fells

Lydia Venieri, Atatiana Koquice Jefferson

Atatiana Koquice Jefferson

Lydia Venieri, Marielle Franco

Marielle Franco

Lydia Venieri, Thera Doll Burn

Thera Doll Burn

Lydia Venieri, Elijah McClain

Elijah McClain

Lydia Venieri, George Zapantis

George Zapantis

Lydia Venieri, Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez