The Responsibility of Healing: Part 2, 2020

Digital Photograph, ink

8 ft. x 5 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 2 of this series deals with the act of reopening. In the first page of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston writes: “Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” Choosing what we want to remember becomes a coping mechanism, yet healing is not possible without destroying this dream, this truth we built, that once helped us to survive.

© 2017 Laura Gomez