untitled 2014 (up against the wall motherfucker), by Rirkrit Tiravanija, 2014

Rirkrit Tiravanija untitled 2014 (up against the wall motherfucker), 2014

Medium: Graphite on wall, silk-screened T-shirts
Dimensions: Dimensions variable
Credit Line: Courtesy of the artist. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; photography by Brian Forrest

In his large-scale, collaboratively made wall drawings, Rirkrit Tiravanija taps global historical events that incite mass demonstrations to show the ongoing human desire for equality and fairness and the need to speak truth to power. For Take It or Leave It, he conceived a new work focusing on the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which broke out following the acquittal of police officers who had been videotaped brutally beating Rodney King, an African American man. Student artists used found images from newspapers and magazines to add drawings to the walls during museum hours throughout the run of the exhibition.

 

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"untitled 2014 (up against the wall motherfucker)." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​hammer.ucla.edu/​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​untitled-2014-up-against-the-wall-motherfucker/​.