One lung for all

The COVID-19 pandemic, on the one hand, is a global emergency. On the other, it is about the personal experience of isolation familiar to many people.

The best way to alleviate the situation is to stay at home. The best way to find out about current events in the world or in your city is to monitor the stream of inconsistent news, reports, daily statistics of those infected, dead, and recovered from the virus. That leads into even greater suspense, making it difficult to build a predictable picture of what is happening.

During the pandemic, I began to create a visual diary of the “transformation” of the world, which I observed from the window of my apartment. I studied the daily news agenda and external processes: how they were rebuilt, gained new forms, and inevitably affected the usual rhythm of life and while being felt on a personal level.

Since June the quarantine is officially lifted in Moscow but some restrictions are still in place. The consequences of forced social distancing and being in a confined space are similar to the transition period in the offseason, when someone has already put on a T-shirt and someone else keeps wearing a down jacket. But now, disunity is evident in decisions whether to go to usual places or to postpone plans, to wear a mask or not, to use public transport, to determine the safe distance when in contact with others. But at the same time, this collective turmoil produces new forms of commonality.

The project is a private response to the collective experience of the “disease”: the study of “symptoms”, “side effects”, and the state of persistent anxiety as a pronounced post-traumatic syndrome.

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