COVIDA

This book and multimedia exhibition are part of a collection of collaborative projects that have previously been developed by Francisco such as Migration 2.0, 19S, 43 (Ayotzinapa), Goodbye TV, and the award-winning book, Being a Woman in Latin America.

At the beginning of this project a call-out was placed on social networks where contributors were asked to send in their writings, videos, photos.

We received around 4,000 entries, and an editing team from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana worked on the selection, page-setting and design of both the book and the video. The virtual exhibition that we launched today is in collaboration with Royal Holloway, the University of London.

The collective project Coronalibro, and the multimedia exhibition COVIDA, reflect on the intimate universes that come to light in the midst of living a with potentially deadly virus among us. Many of us have our homes as the last bastion of family life, where we are able to see each other and infinitely love one another. Confinement allows us to be creative, idle, productive, boring, as the hours come and go. During confinement we ask ourselves, how do we connect with communities, and experience communal living without the element of touch? And what role can technology play in this context? COVIDA also seeks to reflect on those without shelter, as well as those who, by the very nature of their work, will be constantly exposed to contagion. We have seen desolate cities, empty tourist hotspots and landscapes. We are witnessing how, small businesses that have traditionally struggled against the influx of large department stores and pharmaceutical companies, now face financial ruin due to the pandemic. With this book and exhibition, we seek to document the personal battles that have become a collective endeavour: just like in a science fiction story, humanity is lying in wait.

At the heart of this project is the idea of collective participation, the collaborative efforts that contribute to, and help shape an idea. There is no doubt that COVID-19 will leave us asking many questions about the ways in which we organize ourselves, live our lives, are productive, have fun, work, and represent our world as it is. And COVIDA aims to be a part of this process.