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Divine Violence functions, in Daniel Joseph Martinez’ words, as “a typology of every organization in the world that uses violence or aggression to fulfill its political ideology.” The installation features panels on which political organizations are handwritten in black lettering against gold paint. Each represents diverse political and ideological modes of thinking and activity, i.e. Islamist groups, Ugandan insurgent constituencies, and right-wing Israeli factions. Martinez’ constructed sculptural database operates as a system of symbolic exchange, linking the luxury of gold to the mechanisms of power and resistance within global capitalism under the guise of wealth, power, and religion.
Divine Violence will be exhibited as a counterpoint to Martinez’ major site-specific works The House America Built and The West Bank Is Missing for LACMA's (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Home—So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957.