Women are Perfect

This artwork is a product of a project by the Amplifier Design Lab to promote hope and COVID-19 safety.

Myths and misconceptions continue to negatively affect medical care received by women of color. Women of color are inappropriately thought to have lower incidences of breast cancer than white women (read more), and exaggerate their pain to seek pain medications, which impedes proper diagnosis and management (read more). These myths and false assumptions are not only detrimental to the individual patient and her medical care, but also fuel mistrust of medical institutions within communities of color.

The interactions among race, medical care, and health outcomes are immensely complex, but we cannot deny the history and continuing narrative of racism in medicine. To address implicit racism and sexism that disproportionately affect women of color, we must first acknowledge these myths and then seek to understand more, to hear and to learn from their experiences. Women are perfect. Women of color are perfect.

Jessica Sabogal

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The Heart + Soul installation is a retrospective of some of the many murals and pieces of art created by artists in collaboration with Beyond Walls. In the fall of 2020, Beyond Walls presented the street art festival Truth Be Told in Lynn, Massachusetts. The artwork featured in the Truth Be Told festival was born of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores the idiosyncrasies of the times. Heart + Soul is a collection of photographs and digital art examining the interplay between community and art. The subjects and symbols within the works reflect the resilience of the diverse people where they reside. As the photographs celebrate the community, Heart + Soul aims to create space that not only reflects the vibrant diversity of the staff and patient community, but celebrates them.

This collection is the result of generous donations from Mass General Imaging and the MGH Office of Equity and Community Health.

Other work from Heart + Soul