Documenting Art in the Time of Corona

Several months ago, creatives across the world found themselves faced with the global pandemic which halted events and exhibitions as galleries closed, travel was restricted to only 'essential', while gatherings of over two people were banned.

Not only were artists faced with the dismantling of their industry, but anxieties grew as the virus made its way into communities.

Artists have always faced the unexpected, noticing the beauty or horror in everyday life — or what the general public expect as routine, artists question and challenge.

When Gabriel García Márquez wrote Love in the Time of Cholera in 1985, he proved that love will always find a way, and that elements of life are at constant mediation with sickness or health. In a way, we confirmed this ourselves in lockdown and the spreading of COVID19. Art went from physical exhibitions to online; Instagram became a flurry of museums engaging with their audiences like never before. As slowly, people brought more art. They turned their homes into personal galleries. Art had a chance to survive.

Some beautiful threads of humanity revealed itself in the lockdown. We began to care about our neighbours. Those with disabilities and lower socio-economic background were finally allowed to see the world like never before; all you needed was an internet connection. The virus potentially equalised us.

The fear is not over, but, thankfully, neither is art.

With the support of the Northern Beaches Council, this writing project will span over the next six month and will be published online at esteemed art journals such as Art Almanac, Artist Profile, Hunter & Folk, and other collaborations with artists and galleries on the Northern Beaches.

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