dawn graham

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    By now, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the quote floating around: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

    Let’s be clear from the start that I do believe self-care is important. But there are some things that concern me about the growing trend in the promotion of self-care and the way it is usually talked about.

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    Getting Queer is a collaborative project with people who currently identify or have identified as queer that aims to shed light on “queer” through photographs, recorded interviews, writing, and other media.

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    Creative Divergents is a few things: an online showcase, a competition, an experiment, a creative networking site… Some of the things it has been founded on include an appreciation for people willing to push boundaries in creative ways, the desire to bring more attention to works that may not fit neatly into easily defined categories, and a belief in the significance of dialogue.

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    I launched Break the Silence Project in 2009, showcasing submissions of creative work related to sexual violence from people around the world. People addressed rape culture, sex trafficking, date rape, childhood sexual abuse, the emotional and mental impact of sexual violence, personal stories, survival, and more – through songs, photography, videos, sculpture, poetry, drawings, and other media.

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    Dear friend is a participatory installation that explores communication, reciprocity, public vs. private, and the construction of narratives.

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