Alumna Sarah Farahat ('08 Intermedia) has been selected by a TriMet advisory committee from a large pool of applicants "to create a semi-permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of a deadly 2017 knife attack aboard a MAX train." The memorial will be at the Hollywood MAX station in Northeast Portland. The Oregonian reports that, 'The concept includes an excerpt from 'Mural,' a poem by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, against images of sprouting sunflowers."
“I have a very committed team of artists, educators and activists that will come together in the next few months to not only create a beautiful memorial, but also to cultivate further understanding across differences to celebrate our city’s richly diverse cultural heritage, and to demonstrate the fierce love that Portlanders are learning to show for each other in these difficult times,” Farahat said in a statement.
An educator, Farahat went on from PNCA to receive her master’s degree at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She writes, "My practice explores the location of the body within sociopolitical landscapes. Learning about and participating in grass-roots struggles for liberation and self-determination inform the work."
Visit Farahat's website.