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Oree Originol

BIO
Oree Originol is an artist who was born on September 11 1984 in Los Angeles, Ca. His art practice began as a child but it wasn’t until 2009 when he moved to The Bay Area where he began to show his artwork in galleries and develop an art career. He began primarily as a painter but has since established himself in printing and digital media. In 2012 he joined forces with Bay Area artist, Favianna Rodriguez and her artist network, Culturestrike, and began to get involved in art projects relating to social justice. Since then, Oree has remained dedicated to activism and in 2014 he decided to start "Justice For Our Lives" a social art project dedicated to promoting justice for people in marginalized communities who have been killed by police. Oree continues to balance his art and activism by sharing his art and skills with the Bay Area community and beyond.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My artwork serves as a tool for story telling and documentation to bring awareness to social justice issues using different styles of work and media. As an artist of color, I create work that also serves as a form of resistance by collaborating with local radical organizations that work on issues like police brutality and immigration. The inspiration to become involved in social art comes from the rich history of art and activism in The Bay Area. I’ve learned the importance of empowering people with art as a tool to shape culture by continuing to tell our stories. My digital designs like the portrait series, “Justice For Our Lives” tell the story of people who’s lives where taken by state sponsored terrorism. I respond to current police killings with immediacy by creating a portrait of a victim and set up the design online for free download, printing, and dissemination. The black and white portraits are created with not much detail in order to make it easier for others to work with. People have engaged with my portrait designs by painting banners, creating stencils, printing posters and t-shirts, and even projecting them onto city government buildings. The versatility of this project makes it possible for these designs to be used in different ways and for different reasons. Some of the notable demonstrations in which my work have been used was at Mc Covey Cove during 2014 MLB Championship series, West Oakland BART shutdown, OPD Station shut down, Mission Police Station shut down, Mayor Ed Lee Inauguration disruption, Super Bowl City disruption, and The Bay Bridge shut down, and the IACP shut down in Chicago.

Justice for Mario Woods. Digital Design. 2015. Mario Woods was shot and killed by a SFPD firing squad after he allegedly stabbed another man.
Justice for Mario Woods. Digital Design. 2015. Mario Woods was shot and killed by a SFPD firing squad after he allegedly stabbed another man.
Justice for Mike Brown. Digital Design. 2015. Mike Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson after a physical confrontation in Ferguson, MI. Brown had his hands up when he was fatally shot.
Justice For Mike Brown. Digital Design. 2014. Mike Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson after a physical confrontation in Ferguson, MI. Brown had his hands up when fatally shot.
Justice For Sandra Bland Digital Design 2015 Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell after being taking in for a routine traffic stop. Her friends and family claim she was not suicidal.
Justice For Sandra Bland
Digital Design
2015
Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell after being taking in for a routine traffic stop. Her friends and family claim she was not suicidal.
Mission Police Station Shut Down 2015 The mission police station shut down for 4:15mins in observation of the amount of time Mike Brown was left out in the street after being shot by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MI, The area code of the city of San Francisco, and the police code for disturbance. We held a mock trial of the officers who shot and killed Alex Nieto. A yahoo bus was stop right in front of the entrance to the police station along with banners of my artwork.
Mission Police Station Shut Down
2015
The mission police station shut down for 4:15mins in observation of the amount of time Mike Brown was left out in the street after being shot by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MI, The area code of the city of San Francisco, and the police code for disturbance. We held a mock trial of the officers who shot and killed Alex Nieto. A yahoo bus was stop right in front of the entrance to the police station along with banners of my artwork.
Mayor Ed Lee Inauguration Disruption 2016 The Justice For Mario Woods Coalition disrupting the inauguration of Mayor Ed Lee demanding justice for the fatal shooting of Mario Woods on December 2, 2015.
Mayor Ed Lee Inauguration Disruption
2016
The Justice For Mario Woods Coalition disrupting the inauguration of Mayor Ed Lee demanding justice for the fatal shooting of Mario Woods on December 2, 2015.
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