Demario Dotson
Reparations are Forever
July 9 - August 27, 2022


What Pipeline is happy to present Demario Dotson’s Reparations are Forever. Using the visual language of comic book culture and glitch theory, Dotson explores the intersection of Black feminism and queer activism while disrupting the misogynoir and anti-Blackness in how Black superheroes are portrayed.

Reparations are Forever is a new installment from Dotson’s world of Sandra Blands With Capes, where superheroes Rue, CJ and Lily–under the guidance of Mama T and joined by Typo Jenkins–use humor, love and joy to unapologetically protect and preserve Blackness at all costs.

Dotson’s first solo exhibition in Detroit will feature video-mapped forms highlighting his work in 3D rendering, fragmented storytelling and music composition known as Glitch-Op Soul. This exhibition is made possible through funding by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Demario Dotson is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was the recipient of the 2020 Robert C. Larson Award. Dotson’s recent residencies and exhibitions include Queer.Archive.Work (Providence, RI), Bread & Circus Gallery (Fort Wayne, IN) and Mighty Real/Queer Detroit. He was commissioned to be a part of the Ann Arbor District Library’s BLM Mural Project and was highlighted by Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts as an emerging Black artist to watch. Dotson is a 2022 Kresge Arts Film & Music Fellow.