Art in the Times of Coronavirus: Would TikTok Dances Be the Art That We Are Remembered For?

Art In the Times of Pandemics

Today, as I started to read a bit more about some historic Venezuelan painters to get inspired, I came across Cristobal Rojas’ painting, La Miseria (The Misery.) It shows a young husband sitting next to his sick wife. She just died of tuberculosis, an infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs. I was freaked out and amazed by the way he portrayed the face of the wife.

The Misery is a Realist oil on canvas painting created by Cristóbal Rojas Poleo in 1886. Source:
Edvard Munch’s ‘Self-Portrait After The Spanish Flu’ (1919)
Titian’s ‘Pieta’ (1575)

Art In the Times of COVID19

But what about now? Modern medicine and modern technology change how we deal with a pandemic. There is more access to creative tools and so many ways that we can share and access art. Would paintings and digital art be what we remember? Or would it only be the Coronavirus Memes and the TikTok dances? Is that what would be considered “art” in the future? What about the powerful photography of our badass nurses working hard? Would that be forgotten?

by Sammy Rodriguez
stop surviving by @justsoantsy

Have you made any art inspired by all this quarantine and pandemic?

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