As it floated insidiously into our midst, gained a foothold in our consciousness and slowly expanded to fill our entire worldview, the coronavirus pandemic acquired a personality of its own. Culture, language and art made space to accommodate this new entity. Leaving its muddy footprints all over 2020 like an unpleasant guest, Covid-19 first inspired fear and despair, and later, a kind of bewildered acceptance. Once we started to live with this new reality, its peculiarities began to stain our worldview. What does family mean without togetherness? Can we learn to live with loneliness? How do we show gratitude for the unlikely gifts of 2020? We asked some photographers and artists how they interpreted the seasons of the past year through their work. Together these images form a portrait of a pandemic that bound us together, even as it forced us apart.
Each work is accompanied by a note by its creator. Click on the box next to the image to read more.
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