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Capturing COVID: A global pandemic through a local lens


During the recent COVID-19 pandemic many people in the Georges River area and beyond have been unable to continue their lives as normal. This unprecedented time will feature in future history books, but what will be said about the impact of COVID-19 on people’s lives during this time?

In response to this, Hurstville Museum & Gallery has developed a digital exhibition, encouraging the community to reflect on their own COVID-19 experiences and stories.

The exhibition, Capturing COVID: A global pandemic through a local lens, is both a record and expression of the local impact of COVID-19 through photography and personal stories. 

Featuring the photographs of local artist and former Artist in Residence, Elder, the exhibition highlights his evocative images, using light and dark to replace paint on canvas, and blend physical experiences, beauty and mundane reality during this time. His works combine the changing face of business, public spaces and people’s lives as a result of COVID-19, at night and during the day.

The exhibition also features quotes and excerpts from the Georges River Libraries ‘100 Diaries’ project. 100 diaries were sent out to members of the public in May 2020 to record, in text or as visual scrapbooks, people’s experiences of COVID-19 and its impact on their day-to-day lives.  The resulting diaries are a mix of sad, poignant, reflective and humorous observations of lockdown.

On display between 15 October and 15 November 2020, Capturing COVID: A global pandemic through a local lens will be launched digitally on Global Handwashing Day (15 October). This is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role hand hygiene plays in disease transmission and public health interventions including hand washing.   
Capturing COVID: A global pandemic through a local lens digital exhibition
Date: 15 October - 15 November 2020
Cost: Free event
Location: Digital exhibition can be viewed at, with select pop up public displays over the month. Follow Hurstville Museum & Gallery on Facebook and Instagram for more information.
Promo image credit: COVID-19 photograph by Elder (@elderlad)

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