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The Responsibility of Healing: Part 3, 2020

Video projected on fabric installation

5 ft. x 6 ft. x 5 ft.

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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 3 of this series explores taking ownership of the act of healing. Often victims of trauma need to work in feeling confident and empowered to understand they have the power to rebuild previous patterns. Generational and individual trauma creates a series of parameters in a person, limiting their understanding of the control they have on their life. Part 3 focuses on giving back the power to the individual to create a new future and wash away the part of the past they do not wish to keep. The fabric on the installation is the same one used on the video, representing a trauma that is transfer rather than erased.

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