In an interview with The New York Times today, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked at which point it became clear to him that the coronavirus was going to be of an entirely different scale. He responded it was some time in the middle of January when, “It became clear to me that we could potentially be dealing with a global catastrophe.” / Also Part of May 8 FB post In Kentucky, preparations for this catastrophe began 2 months later, despite the President’s unwillingness to recognize COVID-19 as a serious threat. Today, nearly three weeks after Kentuckians began practicing social distancing, Kentucky lost eleven people to COVID-19. They were someone’s cousin, someone’s parent, someone’s life partner, someone’s friend. We hold them in our memory and we grieve for them. Today, red tulips blossomed at an elementary school in Lexington. They were planted by the fourth-graders back when it was still winter and all the kids had to wear boots and jackets.

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.