“When I started my career as a mariachi musician 10 years ago I never thought I’d be doing what I love most in the state of Kentucky. Moving here from Los Angeles in February of this year was a huge culture shock. No longer was there Mexican food, music, and culture around every corner. In some odd way that is what I love most about being here. I feel a huge responsibility to teach Kentuckians about Mexican culture through mariachi music and break down stereotypes. One way I’ve loved doing that is through teaching the students of Mariachi Los Alazanes of La Casa De La Cultura in Lexington. They are the first youth mariachi group in the history of the State of Kentucky. It has been such an honor being a part of something so groundbreaking. These past four months in Kentucky have been great and I’m excited to continue growing a more culturally diverse Kentucky through music.”

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.