Emptiness: An Urban Memory

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The new virtual exhibition called Emptiness: an urban memory is inviting visitors from the 29th of September 2021 to see forty breath-taking photographs. These forty photographs are taken of twenty cities from 4 different continents during the Covid-19 pandemic. A selection was made by Visioncy agency with curator Patrice Vallette. The exhibition Emptiness: an urban memory also features twenty photographs of photojournalist Tayfun Coskun about the Covid-epicentre New York City.

The exhibition Emptiness shows a transformation of the city during the Covid pandemic. It is challenging for the viewer to understand the social and economic impact the pandemic had worldwide.

The forty photographs show the emptiness of different cities from the continents Asia, Africa, America, and Europe around the months of March and April 2020. Twenty of these photographs are focusing on Covid-epicentre New York City. A choice was made by the curator Patrice Vallette and director of Visioncy agency with photographer Tayfun Coskun because of its worldwide known suffering during the pandemic. Tayfun Coskun sees this exhibition as an opportunity to show the social changes given by the emptiness of space. Social change like the growing appreciation for the many care workers that had to work over hours in order to save human lives. An appreciation for healthcare workers that took over our thoughts in a way we have never experienced before. The collection about New York also includes an interview with a healthcare worker to show the constant pressure they had to endure which hasn’t stopped.

Another part of the collection is showing the consequences of the pandemic in a more global way. This part of the collection consists of twenty photographs from twenty cities from 4 different continents. These photographs have been selected by curator Patrice Vallette of Visicioncy agency and it shows that actually all the cities have been undergoing the same transformation of emptiness. An emptiness which slowed down both humanity and the economy. It meant suffering for many because of the change that has happened so quickly but we found a social connection with each other in a different way.

The emptiness of the city should not only be a memory of loss and loneliness but of humanitarian changes in which we can avoid the same mistakes we have made in the past. This exhibition will surprise the visitor in many ways about the different uses of emptiness and the transformation of a memory into a future lesson.

You can visit the art galleries website linked down below for further information about the exhibition Emptiness: an urban memory. A special thank you to The Press agency Anadolu for collaborating with Visisoncy agency on this special world wide exhibition.