Time to watch out
In every corner of the world, people are staying at home and trying to overcome this strange «quarantine» time. The project «Time to watch out» was created to do this together. I offered different people to share the view from the window and their thoughts written on the glass. Such a collective practice provides an opportunity to speak, to be distracted, and most importantly — to feel that you are not alone. I wanted this alarming time to become a time of solidarity and closeness. Here is the document of the self-isolation — one month of notes.
«On the rocket: „The world“. Above: „Let’s go!“ The list: „1. To get medical help. 2. To the pharmacy. 3. To the store. 4. To relatives who need help. 5. To the job, having a special pass. 6. To take the trash out. 7. To walk the dog or cat“». Gosha Koth, Russia, Rubtsovsk.
«It’s terrible to realize that you’ve been alone for a long time even when the one you love is here for 24 hours a day… But so far…». Anna Paluhina, Russia, Norilsk.
«Endless monologues, reflections about nothing and everything. Talking with my mind, at the top of the voice and out loud. Thanks to self-isolation. Now I am afraid of the ceiling and myself». Anna Mironich, Russia, St.Petersburg.
«Yesterday I lost my good friend, a great photographer who inspired me. I feel depressed, and don’t know how to deal with my emotions. So sorry I didn’t call him, didn’t ask how he felt. Some people cannot be left alone; they will disappear thus. And if they pass away, then who will remain around?». Sasha Absurd, Russia, St.Petersburg.
«Locked like the rest of the world. Locked in another country. I owe to myself, to them. Dependent on some rules. Four weeks there, two here. From one barrack to another, more comfortable one. Though that’s a matter of perspective. Loneliness has become my companion. The world that I built a couple of months ago, collapsed in front of my eyes and self-isolation began on the ruins. High-security vacation. I have never wanted a routine as I do now». Valera Rodkin, Finland, Helsinki.
«Today I wept for the first time during all this „virus“ period. Apparently, worried. Or tired. Hugging is so important. Real people are beautiful». Irina Heinz, Russia, St.Petersburg.
«The Queen of Spades, come!», Anita, Russia, St.Petersburg.
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Growing up I was charmed and scared by the Queen of Spades legend. In camps, they would say that you have to turn off the light at midnight, draw a door and stairs on the mirror, using red lipstick and say «Queen of Spades, come!». Three times. We talked about her so much but we never even tried to summon this terrifying woman.
Being in self-isolation feels like a simulation for me. I look out of the window every day and try to find any sign of my existence. Also, it is very boring. I am bored that much that I am willing to host the Queen of Spades Herself (but only if she’ll be wearing a mask). I hope, she will notice my invitation.