“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
Art records history, in many cases, is the only source of documentation. Our DP students looked into how artists in the past documented epidemics through art. Art teacher Arlene Ruiz, compiled images that show similarities between the black plague and the Coronavirus and presented them to the students.
For this assignment, students followed the footsteps of artists who documented history in the past. They found that the connection between these two epidemic crises is the way people reacted. During the black plague, artists didn’t record much how the disease looked like or its symptoms but rather illustrated the social consequences. Following this practice, students researched photos online that show how the COVID-19 virus is affecting the world and people’s behavior. They digitally altered the images to create an artwork that will serve to document these troubling times we are living, as did the artists from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.
In their work, students documented how in different places of the world, people are reacting to despair, prejudice and mortality. The students wrote artist statements for their work and used technology as a tool to create them. They developed these compositions using effects, multiple layers, and different photos to produce each image with great creativity.