Safe & Sound?: Artists Respond to Police Violence


video/web project, 2013
collaboration with Jodi Darby & Erin Yanke

Safe & Sound?: Artists Respond to Police Violence was a video/web project by a collective of 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.  Our aim was to inspire community members to think critically about the safety of their neighborhoods and question the role that the police as an institution play in maintaining safe communities. Safe & Sound? used video and photography to tell stories of individuals whose lives have been impacted by police violence and intimidation. The project existed as a collection of short videos available on a website with other contextual information, and it existed as a video installation in a gallery setting. 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.