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Pandemic Museum

It is indeed hard to stay logical during the pandemic. I have also been struggling with the reality of repeatedly losing family members, friends, colleagues, teachers and students over the last year and a half.

Oleh SARAS DEWI - Lecturer of Philosophical Studies, University of Indonesia
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A woman wearing a face mask walks in front of the painting "Christ Washing the Disciples\' Feet" by Jacopo Tintoretto at the Prado Museum on June 4, 2020 in Madrid, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. - Spanish lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency a final time through to June 21. It is the sixth time the measure has been renewed, meaning the restrictions will remain in force, although they have been significantly eased since the start of the lockdown in mid-March

What thoughts might run through people’s minds in the coming decades when they enter a pandemic museum, exploring halls filled with rows of exhibits and artifacts?

This imagined museum describes human suffering and people’s unpreparedness in the grip of the pandemic. A contemporary painting entitled “El Amor en Tiempos de Pandemia” (love in the time of the pandemic) by a Spanish artist is on display, depicting a couple kissing while wearing masks. There is also a replica of an isolation ward with a virtual simulation that runs on a giant LED wall, so visitors can feel the loneliness and stillness patients and healthcare workers experienced.

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