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ITEM DESCRIPTION: A needful fact about Kimberly Fial is that on the night she died, she was in a church, making paper tombstones. These tombstones represented the 122% increase in deaths of unhoused people in Santa Clara county during 2020. Unhoused people who were not nameless, but unnamed— who will not be enshrined within search engines or newspaper obituaries.
Fial herself was among the homeless, and had her death not occurred within a church, and instead on a side street or beneath an overpass somewhere — would we be able to say her name? Or would the acknowledgement of her life be relegated to another paper tombstone? How do we account for the difference in awareness and recognition of scenes of intense, interpersonal physical violence versus the prolonged displays of widespread structural violence such as poverty and houselessness?
For Kimberly Fial, and the many others that sit across the intersections of marginalization, know that they fight for the equity, peace, and personage that they themselves are often denied. This denial must also always be met with refusal- the refusal to turn all of the permutations of colonial aggression inward. To shrink. To contort. To be silent. To be less visible, or take up less space. We are here.
This piece is made of sterling silver featuring a watermelon tourmaline. It measures 22 mm high from bail to bottom and 19 mm wide. 16 inch chain.