Corona Haikus is a collaborative project that was born as a response to the lockdowns that were being imposed around the globe and to the subsequent impossibility to continue life as it had been planned. It was a response to the shock, to the fear of the unknown and to the need to create a space to be together and to feel connected.
The proposition was simple: three images and a short text on the experience of lockdown. It draws from the old Japanese poetic haiku structure.
It has been an invitation to look to the world around us with new eyes, to detect the essence and the multiple interpretations of familiar objects, nature, light, colours and even daily routines.
We wanted the project to have a wide reach and be as collaborative as possible, so it started as a Facebook group then in just a few weeks reached 1000 members from around the world who have embraced it and participated actively.
What you see in the Gallery is a selection curated by several members of the community. It represents snippets of daily life, diverse and overlapping realities of the human experience of living through a pandemic lockdown.
What you find in Curated experiences, are ways into the labyrinth of the haikus gallery that allow you to browse without getting lost, to be a flaneur and to follow someone else’s guidance if you do not want to visit alone.
Who is behind the project
Two visual haikus aficionados are behind this project. They were having so much fun creating them that they decided to share their enthusiasm for this daily practice of “re-training the eye to see”.
Sandra Tabares Duque is an international audiovisual producer of award-winning projects and films and founder of Sandelion Productions with experience in transmedia, immersive narratives and impact production. Sandra mixes up her production activities with teaching at university and doing training at international film events.
Sandra Gaudenzi is an internationally acknowledged authority in the field of interactive and immersive documentary practice. Coming from TV production, she has been consulting, mentoring, researching, lecturing, writing, speaking and blogging about interactive factual narratives for the last twenty years. She teaches at the University of Westminster in the UK.
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