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GETTING BY

This work aims to show how two individuals with contrasting stories were getting by during the lockdown. Our intention was to connect with each other through our visual responses and written entries. Additionally, the written entries have been paired with images from our archives, showing calm places of nature, which throughout the lockdown, represented our personal utopias. Consequently, the photographs of environments served as our way to escape, to reminisce, whilst transmitting a feeling of serenity, positivity and enabling us to forget about our intimate spaces that we were constrained in. 

 

This visual conversation had begun at the end of March and continued until early June 2020. Throughout this period of time, we have exchanged over 70 - 80 diary entries.

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For Michaela Nagyidaiová, using a diary format was a way to stick to some sort of a routine, categorise her days and attempt to create a structure, which made staying indoors for over two and a half months easier. Her entries were often quite repetitive but all these moments of writing down her daily actions used to keep her mind occupied and assisted in differentiating one day from another.

 

On the other hand, Kristina Sergeeva's entries focused on recording her thoughts and moods throughout the duration of the lockdown. She was supposed to be back in the U.A.E with her family but was unable to get back before the travel restrictions were put into place. Experiencing lockdown alone and with little human contact, the act of writing down different states of mind enabled Kristina to let go, and focus on making the next day better than the one before.

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