Tanzi with Minnie Purrl

A woman leans from the window of a brick apartment, glsses seated atop her shoulder-length hair which a cat looks on from inside.

Tanzi continues to work at the Food Bank and feels privileged to still have a job. In fact, her job is very secure, but it’s really emotional for Tanzi to know it’s secure only because so many people are experiencing food insecurity, having lost their businesses or jobs.

Audio Transcript

My name is Tanzi and I was born in Lexington and have lived here for over 40 years.

The America that I want to live in is one where Americans finally understand and recognize that we really are not the best. We don’t take the best care of our people, we don’t take the best care of our planet. And we really are not the land of opportunity that we claim to be. We could be though because we do have the money, we do have the skill and all we really need are the compassion and the will to make that so.

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.