Today millions of Muslims around the world mark the start of Ramadan. To them we say Ramadan Kareem! رمضان كريم May this Ramadan be a blessed month for all. Today Kurt and I share the words of Hannah Isa, a student of ours at Transylvania University and a friend. Thank you, Hannah, for teaching us whenever we need to be educated. “Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic year when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Fasting is an act of worship and obedience to God, but also allows the believer to recognize their blessings and feel for those who experience hunger. Muslims focus this month on strengthening their faith with the intention that it will carry on throughout the year. It is typically a month of breaking fast with friends, family, and community. However, in light of COVID-19, this Ramadan is observed differently, practicing social distancing. As we fast our first day, we are feeling the disconnection from our family and friends. But we’re already planning virtual iftars with our cousins to bring a little normalcy to the situation. We know we have so much to be grateful for and are finding the many blessings in this temporary circumstance.”

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.