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The Responsibility of Healing: Part 1, 2020

Digital Photograph, ink

2 ft. x 6 ft.

This series explores the durability of the scars within victims of trauma. The ones that last a lifetime, and the ones that heal. The responsibility of healing often falls in the victim rather than the oppressor. It is the victim's responsibility to recognize they are oppressed and adjust and change accordingly. The act of healing becomes painful and at times unbearable, as the victim is asked to face and recognize the trauma. The pain of exploring and at times reopening wounds can feel like a final act of violence from the oppressor to the victim. These acts of healing can translate to many environments from social and racial inequalities as communities are trying to heal, to individual and domestic trauma.


Part 1 of this series explores the recognition of a state of trauma. Discovering unseen scars is confusing and a blurry process as it is asking a person to reflect on the fact that the very thing that forms their identity is what is creating the damage.

Laura Gomez, The Responsibility of Heali
Laura Gomez, The Responsibility of Heali
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