Safe & Sound? Artists Respond to Police Violence

videoart, policeviolence, communitymedia

Format: web project & gallery installation
Year: 2013

Safe & Sound?: Artists Respond to Police Violence was a video/web project by artists, activists, and community organizers in Portland, Oregon who were concerned about the Portland Police Bureau's routine use of excessive force and other methods of intimidation. I initiated this project after working with activists on the “Fire Frashour” campaign which sought to remove Ron Frashour from the PPB, an officer who fatally shot two Black men in 2010. The project existed as a collection of short videos available on a website with other contextual information, and it existed as a video installation at Place Gallery in downtown Portland. Safe & Sound? evolved to become the feature film, Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon.

Safe & Sound? was produced by Julie Perini, Jodi Darby and Erin Yanke in 2012 and 2013.  Julie Perini, Amelia Cates and Christopher Hamann worked on the project in its early phases in 2010 and 2011, conducting preliminary research and developing the core concepts.  Amelia Cates and Julie Perini produced the Portland Community Liberation Front interview.  Ian Wallace contributed Fatal Geographies, a collection of photographs. Funded by a 2012 Community Participation Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.