Facing Fidas on Valley Street
The installation Facing Fidas is an expansion of an earlier
letterpress print, Facing
Fidas on Valley Street by Dan Wood. The print was done in memory of
Sergeant Cornel Young Jr, an off-duty Providence Police officer who was shot
dead by two fellow officers as he came to their assistance at a nearby Olneyville
diner. The event brought many tensions that had been simmering in Providence
to the surface, regarding issues of race (Sergeant Young was black, the other
two officers were white), police training/hiring, and the broader relationship
between the police and the community. By bringing this installation into the
neighborhood where the shooting took place, the intent is to create the possibility
for peaceful contemplation and remembrence of this event. Whether one is aware
of the context of the piece or not, I would like this project to help keep alive
the hope that positive change for the city and the neighborhood can still occur.
January marked the fourth anniversary of Sergeant Young's death, and I hope
this installation will honor his memory.
The Dirt Palace is located at
14 Olneyville Square in the former Olneyville branch of the Providence
Public Library, in the heart of Olneyville Square. The artists who live
and work in this building have made the 1st floor storefront window
available for one month long installations of artist's work. This provides
the exhibiting artists an opportunity to show their work to a wider
spectrum of the public than in a typical gallery setting, and brings
interesting art out into the streets of Olneyville. This installation
was up from January 2-February 15th, 2004.
Dan Wood can be reached at email@example.com.