The global pandemic quickly approaching 5 million cases worldwide, there is to date over 300,000 recorded deaths, with experts believing the actual figures to be far greater.
The continued confinement for many has been wearisome with extended shut downs having severe economic consequences. The world now looks on to reopening businesses and activities of everyday life with varying levels of eagerness, denial, or apprehension, and envision the impossible return to normal.
The front line workers have become utterly exhausted. They are the true heroes in this story. With little help from the politicians who are reigniting their campaign engines, as if ever extinguished – the last ones to the party; the first to leave on their Dunning-Kruger victory lap. The second wave is essentially secured. The story is far from over.
May the rest of us continue to exercise good form, polite and protective distance with those around us. Whatever be the case, the next chapter in humanity unfolds.
Welcome to the .116th edition of Prescriptions. Here is our review of the week in the arts.
Sally Mann’s experiments with old methods of photography speak to her subject matter. Both are ephemeral yet physical, taking careful stock of time, moments passing and becoming memories. Text by Alexandra Gilliams / XIBT Magazine.
Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
As part of an ongoing initiative, photographers of Magnum Photos are sharing information and new work made in these strange and difficult times as the Covid-19 outbreak has imposed restrictions in movement. Including works of Alex Majoli, Peter van Agtmael, Alec Soth, Mark Power, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and others. Ongoing, Magnum Photos.
Romain Laurendeau, Kho, the Genesis of a Revolt, 2020 Photo Contest, World Press Photo Story of the Year
For six decades, World Press Photo has been expanding its mission as an independent nonprofit, drawing on experience to guide visual journalists, storytellers, and audiences around the world. World Press Photo 2020 Winners & Nominees announced.
Whiting Tennis, Feral Cat, 2019
Indie Folk: New Art from the Pacific Northwest identifies a group of contemporary artists working in this unique and rugged part of North America working with a variety of media and ideas of community. Online through June 13, 2020 at Adams and Ollman.
Still from Flavio-Shiró
Flavio-Shiró is a cult artist, a painter’s painter. His work defies categorization or association with any artistic group or movement. For more than six decades, his work has simply been modern. Flavio-Shiró, a documentary directed by Margaux Fitoussi and Adam Tanaka.
Maximilian Mann, Fading Flamingos, 2020 World Press Photo Contest, Environment, Stories, 2nd Prize
Flavio-Shiró, presented in the new documentary Flavio-Shiró by Margaux Fitoussi and Adam Tanaka; Sally Mann featured in Treachery of Memory, by Alexandra Gilliams / XIBT Magazine; Atelier 97cm, a Berlin-based atelier founded by Illya Goldman G. and Mehmet Cevik; and reintroducing Alex Majoli, Peter van Agtmael, Alec Soth, Mark Power, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and others among those contributing to Magnum’s ongoing project, Diary of a Pandemic, Part I & Part II.