Our Collective Pandemic Experience and more..

All Is One is a multi-media art project that looks at loneliness through the prism of our collective pandemic experience in 2020 with an overarching goal to foster togetherness despite the seeming separation.

Driven by my own isolation and inability to have meaningful conversations about it during this time, I created an art project encouraging New Yorkers to exercise their freedom of speech without fear of judgment, all the while hearing the voices and opinions of those around them.

The Initial Idea

The project began in August 2020, when I worked with 15 participants who volunteered via an open call to have their portraits taken and their words recorded. I set up a 1:1 photo shoot and conversation with each person.

The sessions started from a general question about the participants’ own pandemic experience; none of the conversations was directed, planned, or scripted.

To put them at their ease in being fully honest, I ensured anonymity for all participants in the final installation. To do so, I separated the voices of all participants from their images, making it impossible to decipher which statement belongs to which portrait. I then grouped excerpts of the conversations into a single soundtrack and paired it with in certain instances with digital, randomized animation of the participants’ photos or with a single image.

As a result of the Pilot studio sessions I was able to identify 15 main themes that were coming up for people during this pandemic time.

The excerpts of conversations related to particular themes were then grouped into one soundtrack.

You can listen to them on my IG page (see the posts with Audio Waves and Yellow Titles) or on my Vimeo Page.