Annie, Sarah, and David

A woman in a neatly pressed black jacket and dress stands on the small porch of a brick home next to a man in a grey tee shirt with a brown leather belt and watch while a young girl in a light pink sweater swings in from their left on a swingset.

David: “I remodel kitchen and baths. I got laid off in the second week of the pandemic. I’ve greatly enjoyed the extra time with my family … but I am currently collecting unemployment and it goes entirely against my grain to get paid for doing nothing.”

Sarah: “I am still working, but remotely. I miss the routines and what is known. Work for me is usually something I can rely on. I go in at a certain time, I have to go places at a certain time. Now everything is up in the air. And that’s unsettling. When you throw in NIT and virtual oboe lessons, it becomes really challenging.”

Audio Transcript

Sarah: I am Sarah Noble and I’ve lived in Lexington for 22 years, and this is my daughter

Annie: Annie Noble and I’ve lived in Lexington for 9 years, which is my whole life.

Sarah: The America I would like to live in encourages kindness and prioritizes cooperation over discord. It does not thrive on division, but celebrates peaceful harmonies. It is not fearful, it is not cruel. It is a thoughtful, grace-giving place, a place that celebrates difference, even disagreement, without harsh judgment. It is a place that truly believes that all people are equal. It is held up by understanding and sympathy, and gives its citizens space to become all that they are intended to be: whole people, finding their way.

Annie: The America I want protects nature and is a place where everyone is treated the right way. It is a good place for being different is good.

Sarah and Annie [together]: This is the America we would like to live in.

Lexington in the Time of COVID-19 is an artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.

Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova capture photographs at the periphery of American culture, where drag queens, discarded couches, and abandoned motel signs exist.