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Dominique London: I'm Not OK
Curated by Makeba Rainey
Friday, February 11, 2022 - Sunday, March 13, 2022

Dominique London: I’m Not OK

Curated by Makeba Rainey
Friday, February 11, 2022 – Sunday, March 13, 2022
Presented in Gallery Two

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About the Exhibition

I’m Not OK is a photographic series that directly challenges the James Marion Sims’ school of thought that Black bodies do not feel pain.

Dominique London, the artist and subject of this series, documents part of her personal journey living with Chronic Pain for the past seven years, navigating the medical system, and finding/creating healing methodologies aside from allopathic medicine. In an age of perfection-seeking through filters and editing apps, London uses film to humanize bodies in pain.

I’m Not OK is a provocation to the Medical Industrial Complex that is underscored by America’s racist structures and systems. These are evident in how pain in Black bodies is disbelieved by medical professionals.

About the Artist

Dominique London is an Afro-Indigenous Philadelphia-based artist and photographer. As a writer and emcee, Dominique has performance features in the Netflix film “Welcome to Sudden Eeath,” and the Hulu series “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.” Her music can also be heard on the nationally syndicated and world famous Wake up Show with Sway and King Tech.

Dominique received a Master’s from Temple University where she studied City and Regional planning and a Bachelor’s in English literature and Communications from Rosemont College. In 2016, she co-founded the Black and Brown Worker’s cooperative where she organized around Labor and Displacement issues. Her anti-displacement work influenced her to
write a Philadelphia City Council Bill to seal evictions. This bill passed in October of 2020. She has also used art and disruption to counter displacement by reclaiming abandoned spaces as public art centers for the community to steward.

Her latest project titled, “I’m Not OK” is a self-portrait series, documenting her life living with Chronic pain, navigating the medical system, while finding and utilizing ancient healing mythologies. Dominique is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Maharishi International University where she is studying Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Upon graduation, she plans to open a practice where she can assist her community with alternative healing methodologies.

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