“Being a mariachi musician in Kentucky has been a unique experience. Where I come from, Mexican culture is everywhere. Everyone speaks Spanish and mariachi and other regional Mexican music are common. Coming here to an entirely new culture, community, and audience was a huge risk, but it has been extremely rewarding.

Here, I feel like a true ambassador for my culture and this beautiful music, because so often I’m performing for people who have never seen or heard mariachi in person. In many ways I’m even more proud of my heritage and culture because I’m so aware of my presence and role as a representative of mariachi music and, to an extent, Mexico and Mexican culture at large.”

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.