The 2020 Opioid Epidemic Memorial, Boston is a project led by the artist and writer Maia Dolphin-Krute. Since 2013, her work within the fields of disability studies and public health has focused on experiences and representations of chronic pain and invisible disabilities. Her books include Ghostbodies: Towards a new theory of invalidism (Intellect, 2017), Visceral: Essays on Illness Not as Metaphor (punctum books, 2017) and Opioids: Addiction, Narrative, Freedom (punctum books, 2018). Maia is also a trained Community Health Worker through Cambridge Health Alliance. More information about her work is available at www.ghostbodies.com.
Outreach for this project has been supported by Eugene Massey. Eugene is a public health professional with research experience in domestic violence, HIV-prevention, and injection drug use. Their creative work includes performance art, film, and writing spanning a range of topics including: the opioid epidemic, class inequality, and wrestling. Eugene will be starting a Masters in Public Health graduate school program in the fall.
This project is supported by a Transformative Public Art grant from the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.