An older man dressed in a yellow, red, and black camo-patterned shirt and a red billed cap sits cross-ledded in a garden between two orange traffic cones.

“What has it been living by myself during the pandemic? I turned to art. I decided to do portraits of people I love and miss. I just stood out here in the back by myself for months, working on the many details of the artwork. That kept me focused… Some are people I can’t spend time with because of the pandemic. Some are dead. Some pieces contain multiple people. I gave them all names. It’s a cathartic ceremony. And I am happy to see these portraits leave my home.”

Audio Transcript

Hi, I’m Bob Morgan and I live at 146 Delmont Drive in Lexington. And … my family came to Lexington in 1790, which was actually before Lexington was named Lexington, I think, and before Kentucky was actually a state. It was still part of Virginia.

You know the kind of America I would like to live in is the kind of America where I can host a cocktail party that’s a fundraiser where we’re raising money to buy guns and ammunition and airplanes to perform commando raids into fascist countries that imprison and torture and murder gay people, especially oppressive Catholic countries. I think that would be just great, raising money a nickel at a time.

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.