Drawing Ourselves Together: Snapshots from Lockdown

A participatory art project that aims to bridge the physical separation of lockdown across the globe by sharing our experiences and hopes via written and visual responses to the 3 prompts on this postcard. 

As an artist who loves community based participatory art projects, I set up Drawing Ourselves Together: Snapshots from Lockdown because I am curious in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic about what our shared experiences of the situation might be across the globe, and also what some of the differences are. I also hope that the project will foster a sense of connection and shared humanity across the physical separation of lockdown, and provide a small but intimate insight into each participant's individual story, hence the project name "Drawing Ourselves Together: Snapshots from Lockdown". 

 

Step 1: Get your postcard: 

  • Option 1: Download by right clicking the image on the left (more languages to come), select "save image as" and choose a location to save the postcard onto your device, using name "SnapshotsFromLockdown_[YourName_YourAge_ YourLocation]" Print, fill in, photograph and return (see below). 

  • Option 2:  Request a blank postcard by emailing your postal address to kim@drawingourselvestogether.com, indicating your preferred language of choice. When it arrives, fill in, photograph and return (see below). 

  • Option 3: Copy our the 3 prompts by hand, then write your responses below each prompt. Next, turn your card over to create your image.  Photograph and return (see below). 

Step 2: Write your responses and create an image: 

  • Step 1: Write your responses to the 3 prompts.

  • Step 2: Create an image to accompany your written response on the front of the postcard. This may be one image illustrating one of your responses, or all 3 responses combined in one image.  Or your image may express a general impression of your experience. Feel free to work with whichever materials and processes you find most comfortable (e.g. drawing/ painting/ collage/ photography/ poetry/ link to a music track etc).  Where possible, please stick to the A5 format.

  • Step 3 (optional): Fill in your personal information: first name, age, occupation and location (to protect your privacy, please include only your town/city and country) This info is voluntary and is only being asked for out of curiosity. Please feel free to leave blank.  Privacy notice: Sending your photos/images into the project indicates consent for the data, responses and images included to be shared permanently on the project’s Instagram page and here on my website.  Consent can be withdrawn at any time, by requesting for your information or images to be removed.

  • Step 4: Photograph both sides of your postcard and return to Kim either online or physically (see below).

Step 3: Return your postcard and share on

  • Email both photographs to kim@drawingourselvestogether.com, with subject line "Snapshots from Lockdown Postcard Submission". I will upload your photos to the project's Instagram page @snapshotsfromlockdown, using the hashtags: #drawingourselvestogether #snapshotsfromlockdown #communityarts #communityartproject

  • Please share the project on so that we can get as wide a perspective as possible!

Languages and translation

 

I would love to translate this postcard into as many languages as possible and to share it around the globe to as many people in as many countries as possible, to receive a truly diverse range of responses. 

  • Languages Currently Available:  English & Spanish

  • Coming soon: Portuguese, French, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Mandarin.

 

If you or someone you know can help by providing translation into other languages, please do email me on: kim@drawingourselvestogether.com

It would be great to have an in-person exhibition of the postcards in each country after lockdown lifts, so please hold onto your postcards!

Any queries, please email kim@drawingourselvestogether.com

Many thanks.

© 2017  Kim Alexander   kmaalexander@gmail.com    +44 (0) 7495 172 383