Our most basic instinct as humans is to be with one another. We gravitate towards friends, family and lovers, inhabiting the same space, playing games and sports, sharing meals, touching elbows, hugging and kissing. COVID-19 restrictions have robbed global humanity of this most fundamental privilege of being together, as social distancing keeps us physically apart from all but those in our trusted pods.
In a terrible, twisted paradox, being near each other—a most human of all good things—is now considered bad through the eyes of the pandemic. In this horrid, historic moment, acting on our most basic urges to gather with loved ones only increases risk of disease and death. The irony is unfathomable.
This too shall pass; we will secure a vaccine, the virus will abate and we will be with each other once again. In the meantime, the exhibition Interplay celebrates what we are missing so dearly now—togetherness and community.