2016 - Revised 2019
96" x 49”
After winning the California and South Dakota primary elections for the Democratic nomination and favoured to become the next president of the United States, Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot as he walked through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles on June 5th, 1968 and died twenty-six hours later. His assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian/Jordanian immigrant, was convicted of Kennedy's murder and is serving a life sentence for the crime. There are no known photographs or film of the actual assassination, however, events thereafter were captured on film. Five other people were wounded, none fatally, by stray bullets during the struggle to wrest the gun from Sirhan Sirhan. Conspiracy theories of a second gunmen, Manchurian Candidate-like manipulation and involvement by the C.I.A. continue.
The image is reconstructed from several hundred film stills and archival photographs from various press agencies covering the primary and the aftermath of the assassination and makes use of crime scene photographs, diagrams and personal testimonies.
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is part of a tetralogy of pivotal U.S. assassinations from the 1960's and includes John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X.