Self-isolation has led many to unleash their inner artist and as millions are separated from one another, people around the world are finding creative ways to unite without physical presence. One such way is social media; a platform which once disconnected people in the same room is today doing the opposite.
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Self-proclaimed "world’s first modern art museum born during Covid19", Instagram account @covidartmuseum (also known as CAM The Covid Art Museum) is serving as a platform for collecting and showcasing the art being created during this ‘pause and reflect’ period; a virtual platform for solidarity. A testament to the power of art, the account has already garnered over 50k followers.
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“These days, Covid19 has jeopardized the entire system causing the quarantine of millions of people,” states the account. “This time of pause and reflection is allowing people to unlock their inner creativity.” With individuals around the globe desperately seeking solace and connectedness during these unsettling times, artistic expression has deemed a strong mechanism to cope and connect.
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The idea to create the page was born in Spain, during the early stages of the pandemic. “During quarantine, the art production was exploding,” say founders of the page, Emma Calvo, Irene Llorca and José Guerrero. “We looked at this trend and asked ourselves: what is going to happen to all those artworks that people are creating in their homes? Then the idea came up: A museum, necessarily digital, that would collect all that quarantine art or covid art.”
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Users are invited to submit their works through the link provided on the page or by using the hashtag #CovidArtMuseum on their posts. “We are witnesses to the birth of a new artistic movement. The art in times of quarantine. The Covid art.”
Lead image courtesy of instagram/@twenycrows