Image: Nitin Sawhney and Akram Khan, Affinities by Jillian Edelstein; currently part of Jillian’s ‘Reimagining the Archive’ series. Credit: the Artist.
Postcards in Isolation: A different form of exile – is a series of creative responses by artists from our network, produced across weeks of physical isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We created a ‘seed’ fund to enable around 20 artists to collectively contribute to a series of responses to be shared digitally via Counterpoints Arts Instagram (#PoscardsInIsolationCA). Artists are invited to share quick snapshots of their current circumstances and to explore ideas about what should come next, around this simple question:
‘Can sharing intimate, imaginative and quick ‘digital creative postcards’ offer insight into what artists in the Counterpoints Arts network are thinking, feeling and ‘making’ in the times of Covid-19?
We are not asking the artists for ‘new’ project – Covid-19 is a stressful time and people’s health and wellbeing is always our primary concern – but we simply wanted to see, hear about and share some of the creative, hopeful, questioning, devastating, future projecting, funny, family and environmentally focused new feeling and thinking that artists are grappling with around this uncertain time – to reflect on the injustice but also (possibly) the possibilities.
Postcards in Isolation: A different form of exile series is mostly inspired by our conversations with artists and also by the recent ‘Artists’ Survey’ we conducted which will inform Counterpoints Arts’ wider work and commissioning over the next months. This work will provide us, our wider network and strategic partners with an image of what artists are dealing with as well as how they are compelled to respond to the current situation.