COVID-19 CREATIVE OUTLET: Sociopolitical art by Guilherme Bergamini

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The World is experiencing a moment of stand-still during the events of Covid-19 pandemic. Surely it is affecting each one of us in many different ways. To some this means fear and uncertainty about the future, economic difficulties, to others – inspiration and time to create. This period brings ideas into surface, raises questions and debates about our healthcare and economic systems, ecological, political and social issues.

This is a series of posts featuring creative expressions made during Covid-19 pandemic, or previous works that are particularly relevant during these times of change.

Today we are sharing artworks by a photo-reporter and visual artist Guilherme Bergamini from Brazil. His works are a dialogue between memory and social political criticism. He believes that photography has a potential to transform societies.

Stay at home, it’s not a weak flu!

Searching the Internet about the new COVID-19 around the world, I saw the website of the Ministry of Health of Brazil. I came across a list of 27 countries that are being monitored by the Federal Government.
I listed these 27 countries cited in the news above published on March 3, 2020, I searched in Google “Street View” at random and appropriated each photograph, covering the people in the image with red circles.
This monitoring carried out by the Federal Government is contradictory for what I observe in the actions taken by the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil. What is at stake, if he understands it, are the lives of millions of Brazilians who survive each day with minimal wage or nothing, an unjustifiable and impractical social inequality.
And in this conflict of vanities, interests and power, we can come to an unprecedented tragedy.
Never imagined that i would live an experience of pandemic and social confinement.
From that I remember a passage from the inauguration speech of the President-elect of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, on January 1, 2019, in Brasília, in the Federal District, Brazil:
“May God bless this great nation. Brazil above all. God above all.
This is our flag, which will never be red. It will only be red if our blood is needed to keep it green and yellow.”

Part of the inauguration speech of the President-elect of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.

Guilherme Bergamini

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