Portrait of Ihotu Jennifer Ali, a public health and healing justice practitioner

Healing Justice Practitioners

24 Aug 2020 Brooklyn
Portrait of Ihotu Jennifer Ali, a public health and healing justice practitioner
Photo by Nina Robinson

LOCATION: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 2 | Get Directions


“Our movements themselves have to be healing, or there’s no point to them”  — Cara Page, Kindred: Southern Healing Justice Collective

How do we continue to be uplifting during unrest? How do we continue to live in protest within our bodies, with no respite in sight?

As I sit with these questions, unhealed generational trauma, and ongoing gender and race-based violence against Black and Brown bodies has yet to end. There’s been no time to sit with anything, but rather to push forward with momentum and answers–in real time–aligned with people who face this reality everyday of their lives.

I spent time with Minneapolis community organizers, healing justice practitioners, and activists who spoke about their rituals of practice, and their thoughts and feelings about the global uprising–while supporting communities on the front lines of the collective fight against white supremacy and systemic oppression—the turmoil and trauma it causes to our mind, body and soul because they know firsthand what is possible when new visions are birthed in the midst of crisis. Showing up is not what they do, but who they are, 24/7.

This is an ongoing portrait series. If you’re interested in being interviewed and photographed for this project please email: [email protected]

Featuring: Nina Robinson


Nina Robinson is an award-winning documentary photographer and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Including precisely what is necessary, her work has been described as tender, cinematic, and visceral. It has been featured on international platforms including National Geographic, The New York Times and TIME Lightbox. She covers stories in the American South, Midwest, and East coast.

From timeless portraiture to varied editorial, commercial, and documentary assignments, Robinson continues to break the visual prejudices of race, gender, class, and age. She is also deepening her focus on memory, family, death, and reflection—how they live in the world, and what they might look like to each of us.

Robinson developed a groundbreaking and innovative phototherapy program in 2015 with senior citizens at William Hodson Community Center in the Bronx. Through the use of photography, older residents were able to openly explore personal and social issues. She continues similar social workshops and programming centered around photography across the country. Robinson is committed to public art, making photography in and with communities, to expand knowledge, build relationships, and diversify visual narratives.

“One of the greatest things we can do is to use the gifts within us to help others to see or engage in ways that heighten their frequency levels. Encouraging them to build upon what they already have within them.”


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