1985 Philly Bombing by Tiara Zhane', 2018 (acrylic and clay on canvas)

Bidding Supports: ClearWater Conservancy (State College, PA)

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$150 USD
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Feb 5, 2022 12:00 PM EST

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"Let the fire burn" were the orders given to the Philadelphia Fire Department following the bombing of MOVE's home and headquarters at 6221 Osage Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. On May 13, 1985 the domestic bombing was ordered by the Philadelphia Police Department, following an unsuccessful attempt to arrest four members of MOVE. Over 10,000 rounds were fired into the MOVE headquarters, tear-gas and fire hoses were let off into the home before the police ordered explosives to be dropped on the home. Ultimately eleven MOVE members were killed, five were children (ages 7-13). Over 60 homes were destroyed in the process, leaving nearly 300 people homeless.

This piece is relative to the fundraiser because of what MOVE stood for and their efforts to live sustainably. MOVE was founded in 1972 by John Africa, who served in the US Army during the Korean War. The Philadelphia Police Department often scrutinized the members of MOVE because of their adoption and practice of "natural law" and rejection of "man-made law" which did not extend equality to all (animals, environment, and people alike). MOVE home-schooled their children, practiced non-violence toward humans and animals. Their diets consisted of raw foods and vegetables, they also stocked a pantry and distributed food to their neighbors and community members in need. The members of MOVE swore off drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; community preservation was important to the MOVE collective, and they often spoke out against police corruption and greed within the system and government.

This piece is dedicated to MOVE.
May we honor their lives and the work they?ve done to uplift and sustain justice for all.

Dimensions: 24" x 18"



Tiara Zhané is a New York City native, born in the South Bronx. She moved to State College to pursue a degree in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. In 2016, Tiara suffered a mental breakdown resulting in an expulsion from the University following a series of poor choices. Tiara relocated back to New York City and became involved in competitive Martial Arts to aide in her mental health recovery. In 2019 the expulsion was lifted, and Tiara relocated back to State College in the hopes of completing her degree, she is currently paying her way back into the university. Tiara has participated in a number of Art Exhibits throughout the community and has received her first win in a boxing fundraiser that raised over $33,000 for breast cancer research. Tiara credits her expulsion from the university for helping her to find her passion for competitive fighting and Martial Arts- she describes it as "falling from grace and landing deeply into myself."


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