ASV Final Week

Amplifying Student Voices — Photographing Life In Times Of Pandemic

A Documentary Project Curated and Hosted by Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz

Arsène Mpiana Monkwe’s image from ASV week 8
All photos © Arsène Mpiana Monkwe

Another focus of ASV week 8’s discussion was looking at the coverage of demonstrations and the preponderance of vacuous, ‘sign-led’ imagery that dominates news feeds.

The leading images from a Google image search for George Floyd Demonstrations
Searching for human elements in unfolding demonstrations. L-R <Nepal - Blenkinsop / VII> - <Switzerland -Schwartz / VII> - <USA — Gilbertson / VII>
All photos © Ko Myo

Week # 09 Edit of Panelists’ work. 25th June 2020

Myanmar born Canada citizen pastor, Saw David Lah, is seen at court for violating social distancing law in Yangon, Myanmar. Saw David Lah hosted a private prayer mass in March which event has infected coronavirus among prayers. He has been accused as super spreader in Myanmar as over 80 related cases has been emerge from the event. © Htoo Tay Zar
Three auxiliary forces members, in the background, return after kicking out a few individuals from the beach. In the foreground, Auxiliary forces chief , head of district (my father) and an “authority agent” supervising the seafront. These front-liners are implementing governmental measures with regards to the fight against Covid-19. As an “authority agent”, to give a literal translation of the job title, my father and other agents he supervises are tasked with reassuring that the lockdown measures are followed by the different parties, and supervise activities like testings, while making sure that infected individuals are in quarantine, after issuing a “confinement order”. Larache, Morocco. 6th June 2020 © Amine Machitouen
A couple wears face masks while hugging their newborn baby at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology on 11th March 2020 in Hanoi. © Thanh-Hue Nguyen

Week # 08 Edit of Panelists’ work. 12th June 2020

1/ A child throws a small stone at a hungry dog as people queue for food at a feeding drive in Coronationville, Johannesburg. Due to the national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many citizens have lost their jobs and are going hungry, which has resulted in many citizen-driven initiatives to feed those in need. Despite the initial appearance of unity across racial and economic boundaries during the beginning of the pandemic, time has revealed that the current circumstances are magnifying the already existing inequalities in post-apartheid South Africa. During the lockdown, there are only those who grow fat, and those who starve. Coronationville, Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 May 2020 2/ A woman runs as a building begins to collapse while others try to save their belongings during a building fire in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 April 2020. Despite the country being under national lockdown in response to COVID-19, hundreds of residents gathered together in the street to observe a building fire. Social distancing is not observable in many of the lower income areas of Johannesburg. In this abondoned building, since been occupied by people mostly working in the informal economy, staying at home means not earning a living. Torn between compliance and survival, the loss of their homes in the middle of winter amidst the pandemic can be an insurmountable loss. Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 April 2020 © Yeshiel Panchia
The government decided to reopen liquor shops to help boost the country’s economy by a little — but this caused the social distancing norms to go for a toss. There were long lines and crowds waiting to buy liquor. © Gautam Doshi
My husband Ron with our daughter Anastasia in our “paradise house”, where we always dreamed to live but never had the chance to stay as long. Do I feel isolated or lonely now? Since I moved to France I am so isolated that now not a lot has changed for me…. Sometimes I even feel more comfortable and protected during the time of lockdown. Bandol, France. 26th March 2020 ©Yulia Grigoryants
ASV Week #07
The burial of a COVID 19 victim in the Khilgaoan graveyard. As of now now, about 7103 are effected, 150 have recovered and 163 people have died of COVID 19 in Bangladesh. Khilgaoan, Dhaka. © Paul Suman
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Week # 07 Edit of Panelists’ work. 5th June 2020

As an engineer and an extreme extrovert, my husband Hazem isn’t used to working from home. As we now share space and daily routines, he has become part of my creative process which I would normally experience while he is at work. Cairo, Egypt. © Rehab Eldalil
A believer during prayer in a mosque. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began during the lockdown and prayers in the mosque were banned. In the second half of Ramadan, a small number of people with a high level of caution are allowed to pray in the mosque. From the series “How has COVID-19 changed this year’s Ramadan”. City Mosque, Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, © Bahrudin Bandic
a/ During the COVID-19 pandemic, A passenger man lying on a circular train seat in Yangon, Myanmar. June.3.2020 .The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on circular train transport in Myanmar. Most of the local people are avoiding to ride the circular train during COVID-19 period. b/ During the COVID-19 pandemic, Buddhist nuns (Bhikkhunī) wear the protective face masks while riding the circular train in Yangon. During this period, the nuns are more vulnerable than most people as they have to go out every day to collect alms. Yangon, Myanmar. June.1.2020. © Kaung Swan Thar
What I remember the most about my childhood is going for a hair cut in my dad’s scooter to a nearby city, it also meant I would get perk chocolate too after the hair cut. Now I see my dad had called a Chandra uncle (barber) to the house for a hair cut. It has been over two months of lockdown where all shops were remained closed except the essentials. Chandra uncle is the same man who used to cut my hair in my childhood. Now I gaze my father and photograph him before he used to scold me when I used to move a lot during a haircut in the salon, sitting on the wooden flank, resting on the arms of the chair to elevate for a hair cut. New Farakka, India. 29th May 2020. © Masood Sarwer.
Tabriz, Iran © Sima Choubdarzadeh
1/ Schwartz’ equipment since 1977. Contax RTS (2 bodies) and RTS III with Carl Zeiss lenses 25 mm f 2.8, 50 mm f 1,4 and 85 mm f 1,4 lenses, Contax T2 with Carl Zeiss lens 38 mm f 2.8; Hasselblad 500 /M (fitted with Prism Finder) and Carl Zeiss lenses 50 mm f 1.4 and 80 mm f 2.8. In addition a Sinar F with Rodenstock lenses 150 mm f 5.6 and 210 mm f 5.6, and Schneider lens 75 mm f 5.6 2/ Blenkinsop’s equipment since 1989. Polaroid SE 600 with Mamiya 127 mm f 4.7 lens, Polaroid 180 Land Camera with fixed 114mm f/4.5 Tominon lens, Mamiya 6 with Mamiya 75mm f3.5 lens, Fujifilm GFX 50 R with FUJINON GF63mm F2.8 R WR lens, Pentax Spotmeter, Leica MP with 35mm Summicron f2 and 35mm Summilux f1.4 lens
DS on a ruby miner’s expedition in the mountains of Badakshan, ca. 5000 M.A.S.L. Tajikistan, 21 September 1996. © Schwartz / VII. (Contax T2, Carl Zeiss Sonnar 38mm f 2,8)
1/ Porters with 4x5 Camera Crates and Guide. Simatai Section, The Great Wall of China. China. 3 November 1987. © Schwartz / VII. (Contax RTS, Carl Zeiss Planar 25 mm f 2.8) — 2/ DS with Sinar F on Manfrotto tripod. Great Wall Badaling Section. China. 27 May 1987. © Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Distagon C 50 mm f 1.4)
Crossing Sandwip Channel, Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh. 7 July 1994. © Schwartz / VII. (Contax RTS, Carl Zeiss Planar 85 mm f 1.4) [Courtesy Kunstraum Medici, Solothurn]
1/ Bandaged monk, Myaung Mya. Burma. 8 October 2019. © Schwartz / VII. (Contax RTS, Carl Zeiss Planar 50 mm f 1.4) — 2/ Forestry Accident. Sundarbans. Bangladesh, 2 July 1994. © Schwartz / VII (Contax RTS, Carl Zeiss Planar 2,8/25 mm.)
Transit camp at the site of Timurid era medressa, for people from Badghis Province displaced by drought. Herat. Afghanistan. 28 March 2001. © Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Planar C 80 mm f 2.8)
On the Road between the Iranian border crossing of Islamqaleh and Herat. Afghanistan, 2 April 2001. © Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Planar C 80 mm f 2.8 [left and center] and Sonnar 150 mm f 1.4 [right])
Fetching water from a dying lake. Akshi. Kazakhstan. 11 May 2001. © Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Planar C 80 mm f 2.8)
Wall Street. New York. 10 August 1998. © Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Planar C 80 mm f 2.8)
1/ Transaction. Lashio, Shan State. Burma. 31 February 1998. © Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Planar C 80 mm f 2.8) — 2/ Schwartz’s ‘Cobra Method’. Irrawaddy Delta Region, Burma 2019. © Blenkinsop / VII. Fujifilm GFX 50 R Fujinon 63mm F2.8 R WR — 3/ Cyclone Aftermath. Kutubdia Island. Bangladesh. 21 May 1991© Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Planar C 80 mm f 2.8)
Alpine Glacier Collapse. Monte Rosa. Switzerland. 2 November 2014. © Schwartz / VII. (Hasselblad 500 C/M, Carl Zeiss Planar C 80 mm f 2.8)
PB with Karen guerrillas in Kawmura, Kawthoolei State, Burma 1991. (shot on my Polaroid SE600 by another Karen fighter)
1/ Bangkok, Thailand Circa 1992 © Blenkinsop / VII (Leica M 35mm lens) — 2/ Outdoor, roadside VIP welcoming committee. Moung. (PB with Leica M slung over shoulder) Cambodia 1989. Shot on my Polaroid SE 600 by security. © Blenkinsop / VII - 3/ Raindance. Banteay Chmar, Cambodia. 1990 © Blenkinsop / VII (Leica M 35mm lens)
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 1989 © Blenkinsop / VII (shot on the Polaroid SE 600 with Mamiya 127mm f4.7 lens)
a/ On the road to Pouthisat. Vietnamese troop withdrawal. Cambodia 1989 b/ PAVN Troops relaxing in the street, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 1989 © Blenkinsop / VII (Polaroid SE 600 )c/ Blenkinsop shooting with the SE 600 in Cambodia’s ‘Liberated’ Zone (dark slide between teeth) 1990. © Robert Birsel
1/ Mexxie Mekawa, OPM Guerrilla. Papua New Guinea 1999 © Blenkinsop (Polaroid 180 Land Camera) - 2/ PB washing Polaroid negatives in the mountains of East Timor after dusk. Shot on my Leica by Muki (aka Sophie Barry) 1998 — 3/ Falintil Deerhunter. Mountains of East Timor 1998 © Blenkinsop / VII (Polaroid 180 Land Camera)
The Secret War In Laos Continues. Xaysomboune Killing Zone. Laos. January 2003 © Blenkinsop / VII (Mamiya 6 & 75mm lens)
Ground Zero. Banda Aceh. Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami. Aceh. January 2005. © Blenkinsop / VII (Octaptych Panorama. Mamiya 6 & 75mm lens)
Burma Road, Burma 2012. © Blenkinsop / VII (From my car window. Mamiya 6 & 75mm lens)
Dhaka 2009. © Blenkinsop / VII (Leica M & 35mm lens)
ASV Week #06

Week # 06 Edit of Panelists’ work. 29th May 2020

a/ In the stairwell from the ground floor of Tripoli Central Hospital on Al-Zawiya Street in downtown Tripoli, Libya. On May 14, 2020, the hospital and neighbouring areas were hit by indiscriminate bombing at dawn, wounding some civilians. My cousins’ place was nearby, too, and they were in isolation because of the pandemic. b/ “She asked me to take photos of her legs to show the world what happened to her without mentioning her name.” Civilian victim of shelling in the Tripoli Central Hospital. Tripoli, Libya. 22nd May 2020. © Nada Harib
Nada Harib shares her experiences with panelists Ko Myo, Rajneesh Bhandari and Robic Upadhayay during last Friday’s ASV session

There’s no shortage of players in Libya’s conflict. But few champions for peace. <The Conversation 25 May 2020>

“Spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces, such as streets or marketplaces, is not recommended to kill the COVID-19 virus or other pathogens because disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris”, explains the WHO official and doesn’t recommend the action under any circumstances as it could be physically and psychologically harmful instead. However, scenes like this are common these days on the streets of Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal. 18th May 2020. © Robic Upadhayay
Municipal workers and locals attempt to sterilise the neighbourhood I live in, spraying disinfectants on whatever and whoever they find on the streets to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading. The sad part is they are spraying disinfectants even on people outside, specially targeting immigrants and daily wage workers. Paranoia and spread of half-truths are making people take desperate and sometimes outright stupid measures. The government had to take out a circular to stop its citizens from spraying chemicals on others. Kathmandu, Nepal. 18th May 2020. © Robic Upadhayay
Source: University of Cambridge.
Disinfecting Trans-Lyari plague sufferers in wooden tubs, Karachi, India. 1897. Karachi is a port in the province of Sind (now [1996] Pakistan). It was placed in quarantine in 1882, during the outbreak of bubonic plague which spread from Bombay. The Plague Committee consisted mostly of volunteers, who were organised into parties and were responsible for the segregation and inoculation of various districts. Contained in an album of photographs which show the work of the Karachi Plague Committee in 1897. Photograph probably by Jalbhoy, R. ©Wellcome Collection.
Hospital staff disinfecting patients during the outbreak of bubonic plague in Karachi, India. 1897. ©Wellcome Collection.
Contributors Criouleansky & Marshall, Artists and Photographers (Mandalay, Burma). Lettering: The Plague in Mandalay, disinfecting a house. Publication/Creation: Mandalay : Criouleansky & Marshall, 1906. ©Wellcome Library no. 34806i
Nepal Police is using a special device to enforce physical distancing during the COVID-19 lockdown. Police in Kathmandu detain people who defy the restriction using the device, which is two meters long and looks like forceps. Detainees are held with the device, moved to a van, and given awareness lessons on physical distancing. Police are enforcing the lockdown imposed by the government since March 24th. Kathmandu, Nepal. April 3, 2020. © Rajneesh Bhandari
A volunteer at Lagankhel Samaj, a volunteer-driven community organization, distributes food in Lalitpur because Nepal has been in COVID-19 lockdown since the last week of March. It costs Lanankhel Samaj around US$ 250 per day to prepare the food for around 300 people. To meet that cost, members fundraise within the community. Many people have come forward to support vulnerable populations in these difficult times. Lalitpur, Nepal. May 12th, 2020. © Rajneesh Bhandari
Plague, 1695–1705. Jan Luyken (April 16, 1649 — April 5, 1712) was a Dutch poet, illustrator and engraver. He illustrated the 1685 edition of the Martyrs Mirror with 104 copper etchings. Thirty of these plates survive and are part of The Mirror of the Martyrs exhibit.
Pest te Napels, 1656. Caspar Luyken, the only child of five born to Jan Luyken and Maria de Ouden to survive to adulthood, and who learned his trade from his father, made this etching at the age of 16, forty two years after the plague in Naples.
Buddhist monks wearing face masks walk to collect food in the outskirts of Yangon amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19, Myanmar, May 23, 2020. © Ko Myo
Life goes on in Banshighat, popularly known as Squatter Settlement or ‘Sukumbasi Basti’ in Kathmandu. The COVID-19 lockdown has a different meaning to different people. It requires people to stay indoors in their homes to maintain physical distancing, but the idea of ‘home’ might not be as universal as we would imagine. (Kathmandu, Nepal) © Robic Upadhayay
ASV Week #05

Week # 05 Edit of Panelists’ work. 22ndMay 2020

Ojodu Berger Bus Stop as lockdown is gradually eased and public transportation is allowed to work again. Lagos, Nigeria. 16th May 2020. © Damilola Onafuwa
Passengers in the subway following social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic. Sofia, Bulgaria. March 28 2020. © Anastas Tarpanov
Stuck in a traffic jam, this soldier descends to bring order; during this pandemic period not only is movement difficult, but we also see traffic jams too, Kinshasa, DRC, 14th May 2020. © Arsène Mpiana Monkwe
Residential neighbourhoods of Yangon under lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. 13th April 2020 © Htoo Tay Zar
The Belfast News-Letter. (extract) 1887
1/ Frontline rescue volunteer workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to carry a COVID-19 suspected person in Yangon, Myanmar on 16 April 2020. 2/ People wearing surgical masks buying fruits in wet market in Yangon, Myanmar on 13 April 2020. 3/ A discarded surgical mask is seen hanging on the fence of a residential building in Yangon, Myanmar on 13 April 2020. © Htoo Tay Zar
To protect themselves from the bubonic plague, doctors in 17th century Europe wore protective hoods during outbreaks like these plague masks from the German Museum of Medical History (left and right). The face was completely covered by a cotton velvet mask and the wearer breathed through two small holes in the ‘beak’, which held herbs or sponges soaked in vinegar. These were believed to filter the air and repel disease. Glass lenses covered the eyes to ward off the patient’s gaze, in case the illness spread by eye-contact. The plague mask was coated with a layer of wax on the inside and came with a cloak-like leather costume to cover the entire body, forming a protective suit. Centre image: Paul Fürst, engraving, c. 1721, of a plague doctor of Marseilles (introduced as ‘Dr Beaky of Rome’). His nose-case is filled with herbal material to keep off the plague. The costume terrified people because it was a sign of imminent death.
3/ A portrait of my mother, a nurse, on returning home from work. © Tommie Ominde
The three images submitted by Tommie Ominde for week 5 work naturally as a triptych, the hands working together to unify the subjects almost in the act of defiance against the situation in which they find themselves. It is a perfect example of images, each of them well-crafted in their own right, working together to create, arguably, a more powerful whole. 1/ Social distancing has been one of the hardest things to do. 2/ Manu, 12, poses for a photograph with his days catch. 3/ A portrait of my mother, a nurse, on returning home from work. © Tommie Ominde
Kartick is a day labourer, out of work since the lockdown in India began on March 22nd. He loves to fly his kite but due to his long working hours, he no longer had time to pursue his passion. Now though, with ample time to do this because of the lockdown, it has given him immense pleasure. Kolkata. India. 9th May 2020. © Partha Sengupta
1/ On a late afternoon I had noticed hawks were hovering on south-western part near to my locality. There is a canal circling around the city, a COVID-19 hospital and a funeral ground. Deaths are happening all around the city which scares the people and acts as a warning to stay indoors. Kolkata. 18 May 2020. ©Partha Sengupta
A woman walks out of morning mist just after dawn, I’ve lost track of the number of days we’ve been under the lockdown. 19th May 2020. © Roshan Abbas
ASV Week #04

Week # 04 Edit of Panelists’ work. 15th May 2020

I am living in a COVID-19 hotspot zone. One fine morning I saw some new activities in my area, people dressed in protective gear arriving to sanitise my area including my home. The situation is really worse here, living in Calcutta, so I can’t prevent myself from documenting these things. One day, these scenes will become history for sure. Calcutta, West Bengal, India. 23rd of March, 2020. © Anaranya Basu
A boy hawking onions on a wheelbarrow. 24th April 2020 © Adetona Omokanye
A boy covers his face while waiting for his parents on the street of Yangon downtown area. This township is locked down as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19. Yangon, Myanmar. 7th May 2020. ©Min Myo Nyan Win (aka Ko Myo)
A voyage of the eye (pink) and structures laid bare. (lime/gold)
Volunteers disinfect the luggage of people returning from abroad in the quarantine centre on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. 8th May 2020 © Thet Htoo
Volunteers bring a Buddhist monk, returning from abroad, to the quarantine centre on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar on 8th May 2020. © Thet Htoo
A police officer falls down while trying to take a picture of the other, on the day of Buddha Jayanti. The Swayambhunath temple, usually crowded on this day, was empty this year due to the lockdown imposed by the government. 14th April 2020 © Robic Upadhayay
After the government release about stay at home in response to COVID-19, my seven family members have been stuck together in our narrow apartment for almost two months now. These photographs are taken, in Tamwe Township of Yangon, within this COVID-19 period to reflect emotion and lifestyle of a family which generally represent other families too. 16th April 2020 © That Paing Dawe
An empty and quiet street in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. 31st March 2020 © Ebun Akinbo
ASV Week #03

Week # 03 Edit of Panelists’ work. 8th May 2020

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a secular country of which nearly 70% of the population is affiliated to a religion either Catholic, Protestant. During this period of confinement, I went into town to see the state of the churches at that time. How are these churches because they can not accommodate more than 20 people, some are almost empty. Some pastors have decided to move to their church. a/ A Revival Democratic Church of Congo Commune of Limete City Kinshasa, shooting 1/5/2020. b/ Catholic Church of Our Lady of Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo Municipality of the city of Lemba Kinshasa 1/5/2020 © Kasangati Godelive
BACKYARD TRIVIA. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the backyard behind our apartment building became unusually lively. People started playing with their kids, doing exercises or just hanging out; Nothing spectacular from my point of view. As a response to what a regular viewer these photographs would describe as ‘nothing special’, I equip them with captions of little value. Each photo has a caption of trivial news that happened around the world on the day the photo was taken (source: Slovenian Press Agency). The way we perceive the photographs and captions depends on our point of view. But what we all have in common is the time we live in. Zagreb, April 6; A priest in the village of Belica in Međimurje County, Croatia, blessed olive twigs right out of his car on a flower Sunday, Croatian media reported. They have posted videos of the parish priest, Stjepan Šoštarić, who, when accompanied by a fire truck, drives through the parish of Belica on the open rear of the semi-truck. April 6th 2020, Ljubljana, Slovenia. © Matjaž Rušt
Mr. Gonzaga Yiga, 49, the chairperson of Kansanga Kiwafu Zone B in Kampala walks with in his village sensitizing people about COVID-19 every morning and evening reminding people to wash their hands, social distance, and staying at home to prevent COVID-19. Gonzaga started this after the government announced the outbreak of COVID-19 in Uganda on Saturday March 21, 2020. He goes door to door and ends up on the tallest building in the area where he communicates with his speaker to make sure that everyone gets the reminder. Uganda has so far registered 9 COVID-19 Cases following eight new cases confirmed by the ministry of Health on March 24, 2020. © Katumba Badru
Arman (name changed) is a 12-year-old boy who I saw toiling in the neighbourhood garden; I came to know how he lives upon inquiring about his studies. He informed me that he had to drop out of school for reasons unknown; since India is in a lockdown, I have persuaded him to rejoin the school once the schools reopen for the new session. Bijnor, India. © Roshan Abbas
Police officers and others rushing to rescue motorcycle riders who were hit by a car during the lockdown in Kathmandu, Nepal. © Rajneesh Bhandari
Residents set up makeshift checkpoints with burning tyres in communities to keep vigil against attacks from hoodlums ravaging neighborhoods during the lockdown, Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area, Lagos, Nigeria. April 27, 2020. © Fawaz Oyedeji
The person on the photo is my best friend, the Bosnian male archetype who lives for a chance to go up in the mountains and set up a 2-day barbecue spree with friends and family. In the Balkans, Labour Day is more important than New Years Eve, but on this occasion the whole country went under lockdown on that particular day. This photo represents a whole Balkan population on the Labour Day in the times of COVID-19, lethargic, languishing away in empathetic self-captivity, losing heart and what’s left of our social ties. The shopping cart which used to be ‘a vehicle’ for midnight shenanigans is nothing but a laundry box. ©Amina Hadziomerovic
During lockdown days in evening, I spend my time on the rooftop to get fresh air. one day while I was on the rooftop I saw these termites flying on the sky. it’s surreal to watch numerous termites suddenly appearing all over the sky. © Mahendra Khadka
My dad watering the dead grass. Tripoli, Libya April 20, 2020. © Nada Harib

Week # 2

ASV Week #02

Week # 02 Edit of Panelists’ work. 1st May 2020

The burial of a COVID-19 victim in the Khilgaoan graveyard. As of now, about 7103 are affected, 150 have recovered and 163 people have died of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Khilgaoan, Dhaka. © Paul Suman
Zenica’s Fire Department, together with other civil protection groups, have been disinfecting the city since the first case of COVID-19 occurred in the city in mid March. The city issued a lockdown, closing everything except banks and grocery stores, and anyone older than 65 years of age or younger than 18 was restricted from going out. Currently, there are only 22 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Zenica, and there are over 800 active cases in Bosnia-Herzegovina. © Dijana Muminovic www.dijanaphoto.com
Eric Bajramovic of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, waits to bury his mother, Olgica Bajramovic, who passed away during the second week of lockdown due to COVID-19. The Bosnian government issued a law that citizens could not attend funeral services, religious holidays, weddings, or anything that involves a gathering of more than two people. “It’s very strange to have a funeral this way,” says Bajramovic. Family members had to practice social distancing during the funeral, but at Bosnian funerals, it is common for many friends and relatives to attend the service and comfort the family members. “So many people who loved my Mom wanted to attend the funeral, but could not,” says Bajramovic. March 30, 2020 © Dijana Muminovic
This picture is taken on my first days of self-isolation. I decided to self-isolate in my Airbnb apartment weeks before the emergency situation was announced. The first cases of COVID-19 were identified by the end of February. Masks were already nowhere to be found. By the beginning of March it was impossible to find any sanitisers or antibacterial wipes. People were in a state of panic. Tbilisi, Georgia, March 13, 2020. ©Mayya Kelova https://www.instagram.com/mayyakelova/
Government started semi-lockdown since April 10th. Due to the highly contagious nature of the COVID-19, most barber shops shut down themselves. Some people still go to Yangon’s open-air barber shops, though. Sanchaung Township, Yangon, Myanmar on 25th April 2020. © YuYu Than
Customers come to place their orders; some observe and comply with the measures enforced by the Congolese state, and others seem to live their lives normally without even worrying about wearing a mask, something that is compulsory during this period of containment following the declaration of a six-week state of emergency in DR Congo. Ngaliema, Kinshasa, DRCongo © Justin Makangara
Autoportrait during COVID-19 lockdown. Bangkok, Thailand, April 20th, 2020. © Tawatchai Pattanapon Patani Studio

Week # 1

ASV Week #01

Week # 01 Edit of Panelists’ work. 24th April 2020

Myanmar Fire Service Department’s fire fighters, wearing protective clothing, spray disinfectant along a street as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in in front of Lutheran Bethlehem Church, Thein Phyu Road, Mingalartaungnyunt Township, Yangon, Myanmar. April 23rd 2020. ©Nyanwin Minmyo (aka Ko Myo)
A monk buying meal for his lunch at one of the market in Bago region, amidst COVID-19 outbreak Myanmar, on April 10th, 2020. ©Nyanwin Minmyo (aka Ko Myo)
On the balcony of my apartment my plant is prepared to relocate. March 25th 2020, Budapest, Hungary. ©Eszter Asszonyi
I’m crying in an empty room after my flatmates moved from our apartment. March 19th 2020, Budapest, Hungary. ©Eszter Asszonyi
Police officers put road blocks on Kira Road as a way of enforcing the Presidents’ directive of no movement of unauthorised private or public means of transport. This is done to reduce congestion and maintain social distancing, which curbs the spread of COVID-19. Kampala, Uganda. April 17th 2020. ©Isaac Henry Muwanguzi
Hearing a loud vacuuming noise outside my hotel, I peek my head out the door. Housekeeping sees me and pushes me back and alerts the sanitation team to enter my room. The floor and all all my possessions are sprayed down as I hide in the bathroom. The previous night, a dozen Tibetan nomads arrived with a police escort around midnight and had heard rumours that possible infected people were being kept in the same hotel as foreigners. February 9th 2020. ©Eleanor Moseman http://www.eleanormoseman.com https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-05/a-tibetan-journey-in-the-time-of-coronavirus
My father’s shirt, hanging on the bougainvillea tree to be sanitized under the sun. We are in quarantine for the 24h curfew for ten days, to curb the spread of COVID-19. No car is allowed to be used; daily essential shopping is permitted on foot individually from morning till 2:00 pm. My dad went out to a nearby shop and saw that many cars are out and have broken the curfew. Tripoli, Libya. April 20, 2020. ©Nada Harib
20th day of lockdown. At night I saw this isolated white horse near my home. Standing alone, this horse reminds me of our current situation, how this lockdown is keeping us isolated from our society. Kathmandu, Nepal. ©Mahendra Khadka
The world became smaller and more grim. What started as a trip with my mum for two weeks ended up being a forced quarantine in a city I am not familiar with and in a room that I don’t belong in. Things escalated too fast, from my mum going through to the Emergency Room three times, to the news of the Coronavirus spreading and eradicating Italy’s population off the streets, to the thousands of deaths every day. It took two weeks for mom to overcome the flu and two weeks for the entire world to shut because of COVID-19. As the past days had flown, feelings of depression and anxiety flowed through each part of my body. Feelings of helplessness and turbulence grew; I couldn’t land on the ground because each day meant that I was getting closer to home but I couldn’t…I couldn’t reach where I was going and I couldn’t see anymore… Will I be able to land? Will we be able to reach home before that virus hits me or any of my family members? Cleveland, Ohio, March 17th, 2020. ©Amina Kadous www.aminakadous.com

Week # 00

Akos Stiller and Nada Harib in their working environments. (Courtesy of the Artists)

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The VII Academy

The VII Academy promotes, teaches, and fosters high-quality international journalism in the majority world and underrepresented communities.