In the epoch of pandemics and quarantines, we are inviting strangers, co-workers, and family members into our homes via video chat. We are locked down with our loved ones, roommates, or exes, forcing us to connect in ways that seem simultaneously ancient and alien. Paradoxically, we are encouraged, if not legally forced to barricade ourselves from others beyond the walls of our homes. Despite the state enforced quarantine, we see new relationships being formed and informed. Since the murder of George Floyd, neighborhoods have bonded together in ways previously unthought. Protests are sites of gathering, cookouts, and bonding. Parks are now sanctuaries for the displaced.
Responses to the coronavirus, which now has a mortality rate of 7% in the US, have laid bare and raw the inequities capitalism requires to thrive. The murder of George Floyd redefined our responses towards inequities in our communities.
Love it. Hate it. We have only begun to learn what intimacy can mean.
Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art
Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
Minneapolis Institute of Art
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