We are social creatures but to stop the spread of COVID 19 we are all forced to do exactly what we're biologically programmed not to do: social distancing. Yet we quickly resumed communicating from a distance and have stayed connected to family and friends over screens, turning happy hour into computer cocktails. My work showcases virtual meetings with my loved ones, to overcome barriers created by distance. The meeting place is now reduced to a smaller, more intimate screen though everything is subjected to the haphazard glitches of an overworked computer and the internet quality in Lebanon. And this adds another layer of distance, another barrier, and increases our efforts and perseverance to make the call, or meeting work, and intensifies our need to listen to each other. At the same time, it seems that confinement to an actual frame reduces not just the geographical distance between us and our loved ones but also eliminates any emotional distance and forces us as people to fit everything, including our emotions in a clean-cut cadre (the screen). In brief, It is a work of togetherness and of connection, not of separation and isolation. The work is purely digital (as in our meetings).


Manar Ali Hassan

Manar Ali Hassan Galvani was born in 1980 in Beirut, Lebanon. She is a multidisciplinary artist, a g ...