After visiting Los Angeles and the downtown occupy crowd in early October 2011, I decided to visit New York's Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of Occupy Wall Street movement; I was intrigued by how people were organized and created personal spaces on the streets. The tiny population was under the intense watchful eyes of NYPD and encircled to create a sense of isolation from the rest. It felt radical, dynamic, and yet hopeful against all odds. It was ALIVE in a way that I imagine the students' movements in the 60s must have been. In a way, this was a travel through time, space and generations to see the active participation of citizens in controlling their own destiny. Protest movements around the globe, in Arab countries, in Iran, in distressed Europe, all have a common and familiar undertone which speaks of impatience of masses, power of ruling elites and hope for better times. I created a series of paintings inspired by the photos I took of people at the Zuccotti Park and the protestors of camping tents in Los Angeles. The series is called " The Logic of Human Magma" I used watercolor to render my images.
Here are some of the photos: