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Aroussiak Gabrielian and Alison B. Hirsch Win Inaugural Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Award

Aroussiak Gabrielian and Alison B. Hirsch.

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Los Angeles–based artists Aroussiak Gabrielian and Alison B. Hirsch have won the Tomorrowland Projects Foundation’s inaugural award, which is administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts and comes with a $7,000 cash grant.

Artist Nina Yankowitz, the president of Tomorrowland, which is based in New York, said in a statement, “The foundation seeks cutting-edge projects that communicate strong, aesthetic, and socially-relevant concepts as well as projects that bring electronic media to new audiences.”

Aroussiak and Hirsch were selected for their project Memorial to Black Lives Matter, a mobile app that will allow viewers to see where in a given neighborhood acts of state violence against black Americans have occurred. The artists said in a statement, “We will use the funds to support our media study of the future of memorialization—most specifically the development of a media piece that functions as a memorial to Black lives lost and dehumanized and a vehicle for mobilization and collective reckoning.”

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