Gallery 169 is pleased to present Unsolved: 1992 LA Uprising @ 25 Years by Jeff Beall.
On April 29,1992, Beall experienced the beginning moments of the uprising as his car was attacked at the corner of Manchester & Figueroa, just a few minutes and a few blocks away from where Reginald Denny and Fidel Lopez were ruthlessly beaten.
More than 60 people lost their lives amid the looting and fires that ravaged the city over six days starting April 29, 1992. Ten were shot to death by law enforcement officials. An additional 44 people died in other homicides or incidents tied to the rioting. By year’s end, Los Angeles had 1,096 homicides, a record. 1992 remains L.A.'s deadliest year.
Of the 36 riot-related homicides, 23 remain unsolved.
This exhibition honors the memories of the 23 unsolved homicide victims who lost their lives during the uprising, 25 years ago.
While making a pilgrimage to each location of the 23 unsolved homicides, Beall created rubbings using simple materials, to create an impression of each place. Like gravestone rubbings, or memento mori, specific moments have been created to bring forward memories of those lost and all but forgotten.
Unsolved: 1992 LA Uprising @ 25 Years opens on the 25th anniversary of the uprising, April 29, 2017.