Because the photographs we share tonight include one high-school senior and because one of the most memorable events this past weekend was President Barack Obama’s commencement address to our nation’s high-school seniors, we share President Obama’s third piece of advice from his speech. Arguably, his are words for all of us to live by. On Saturday evening, President Obama urged: “Build a community. No one does big things by themselves. Right now, when people are scared, it’s easy to be cynical and say let me just look out for myself, or my family, or people who look or think or pray like me. But if we’re going to get through these difficult times; if we’re going to create a world where everybody has the opportunity to find a job, and afford college; if we’re going to save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we’re going to have to do it together. So be alive to one another’s struggles. Stand up for one another’s rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us—sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed—and set the world on a different path.” May we all be fully present to each other and stand up for each other’s dignity and rights. Everywhere, including here in Kentucky as well. #TogetherKY #TeamKentucky #BarakObama #2020Graduates

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.