PANDEMIC IN BLUE
Is it possible to flip and reverse positive and negative? What happens when we do? The pandemic and fight for racial justice have brought a wide range of emotions to the surface for me. Using cyanotype prints paired with the film that produced the print I explore the emotions, thoughts, and big ideas that are affecting everyone as we live through a pandemic and cultural change.
Depression creeps in paralyzing me. The amount of bad news bombarding me makes me feel helpless and discouraged. Around me, people are fighting to stay in their homes, fighting for justice, going hungry, and dying.
I know that I am in a place of privilege, we were still able to continue working, I am well and so is my family. I was given a wonderful opportunity to create Pandemic in Blue.
There are still days I feel hopeless and want to stay in bed.
As the death toll climbs higher and higher the answer to this question is becoming clear: Everything.
What do we actually see as we scroll through the endless feeds of our social media? Do we take the time to investigate the claims that are laid in front of us? or are we looking for something to confirm our own biases?
We are told to stay home that outside is dangerous. Home is supposed to be safe. Home is supposed to be free from danger.
For many that isn't true; home is just as dangerous as a virus.
Trying to understand my privilege, my allyship, and what I can do to help I have to face uncomfortable truths about myself and my life.
I found an amazing woman, Rachel Cargle, to help me understand. She is a public academic, writer, and lecuturer. Ms. Cargle focuses on the intersection of race and womanhood. She had created an incredible program called The Great Unlearn with resourses and critical discourse to help you unlearn what you thought you knew about race in America.