Solo exhibition in PortugalPortugal, Coimbra
“COVID-19 CHANGED NOT ONLY OUR LIVES BUT ALSO THE WORLD AS WE KNEW IT. SINCE EARLY 2020 I HAVE OFTEN RETURNED TO THE EPICENTRE OF THE PANDEMIC WITH THE AIM OF CREATING A BODY OF WORK NECESSARY FOR OUR COLLECTIVE AWARENESS AND THAT COULD ALSO STAND AS AN ICONOGRAPHIC MEMORY OF OUR TIME.”
When the coronavirus was sweeping across northern Italy, Fabio bucciarelli gained exclusive access to Red Cross workers who were going door to door around Bergamo, the region in Italy that was hit the hardest by the epidemic. Red Cross teams were checking in with those infected and were tasked to take the most serious cases to the hospital. It was a devastatingly intimate view of the way the coronavirus was tearing apart family after family in the close-knit region. working in a hazmat suit, with goggles, gloves, and a respirator, bucciarelli traveled with the RC teams in an ambulance and got to enter the bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens of families ravaged by the virus. The simple surroundings he encountered belied the significance of what Bergamo had become: at that time identified as the ground zero of the coronavirus epidemic worldwide. when children said their goodbyes to mothers, fathers,and grandparents who were hoisted onto dollies and taken away, no one could know if it was for the last time. Bucciarelli's intimate work did not end at the front door, however. He visited overwhelmed intensive care wards and hospital corridors where covid-19 patients lined up. His connection with the families was so intense that, in the most tragic cases, they allowed him to accompany them to the cemeteries in the pared-down yet poignant ceremonies that only the closest relatives could attend. bucciarelli was with them.
SALA DA CIDADE
CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE COIMBRA
TO SAT 13H00—18H00 Ø SUN, MON AND HOL
GUIDED VISIT MAY 29 16H00
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