Dominique Holmes

Beyond Words - Radclife Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

In March 2019 Dominique was invited by the Radclife Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to share her expertise with a talk about the importance of tattoos as a non-verbal expression of gender identity.

"Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication" is a conference, presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, which explores the aesthetics of communication, focusing particularly on how we communicate through the body—how we make ourselves look and smell, move and sound. Spotlighting diverse topics to probe how bodily communication engages the senses in ways that are often profoundly gendered.

Dominique talked alongside experts in the fields of Perfume, ASL, dance, AI and STEM, animal behaviour and film.

The full video of her talk, including panel discussion and Q&A with moderator Diana Sorensen (James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and Perfume expert Chandler Burr ( Author, The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession (Random House, 2002) and The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York (Picador, 2009); Former Perfume Critic, T: The New York Times Style Magazine) can be viewed below.


Dominique is continuing her work on the topic of tattoos as an expression of gender identity and will be publishing an extended essay on the subject later on in 2019. She is also delving deeper into the hidden history of the women who have shaped the world of tattoos in a collaboration with photographer Leonora Saunders. More information on this collaboration will be available soon.