18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
The lockdown series: Masked man in satellite dish

The South African lockdown came very quickly. I left my drawing paper at the university that was closed because of lockdown and I could not buy art materials either. Many artists had to make art from what they could gather in and around the home. Moreover, the home became the reference– a place of safety, but also a space of confinement. I filled a soiled satelite dish with water and a man appeared. Screws in the satelite dish became eyes and a small plate fixed to the dish became a white mask. A face formed as if a painting was painted. And it was a type of Covid 19 emoticon. What a dumb expression of abject misery appearing on an artifact of media. The virus was staring myself in the face, and threatened to replace my sense of self.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Copyright: © Janine Allen-Spies