The other day, while we were organizing the new virtual exhibition on “Artistic creation in times of covid-19“ (which by the way, is still open! You will find all the information on how to submit your works on our homepage), we realised that we had not stopped to think about how this entire health crisis and the harsh confinement experienced here in Spain (where Diafano is right now) had affected us.
We would love to say that these months have passed quickly, but the truth is that they have not. Fortunately, we have been able to continue working from home. Many acquaintances, however, have not had that luck. We are aware that, at least in Spain, there are people who are having a very bad time and who currently do not have a stable source of income. For all this, we consider ourselves lucky, and we thank all the health care professionals who have been helping us all these months.
We have spent difficult months; months of social psychosis; months of wearing the mask everywhere. A point has come where we see it as normal. What was alarming at first has now become ‘our new normality’ (using the vocabulary of the Spanish media). In Diafano we have listened to you. We have seen how the quarantine affected you, how it took away your desire to continue creating. Many have even been forced to take a sabbatical year. Others, on the contrary, have seen in this quarantine the opportunity to take risks and decide to dedicate themselves to art full time.
The truth is that this situation has affected each one of us in a different way. At the beginning of this pandemic it was impossible to foresee what was going to happen and how it was going to affect us. Today, we can tell you with complete confidence that it has affected us a lot.
We know that many of you find it difficult to express how it has affected you. Mental health is just as important as physical health and we want you to know that you can talk to us about anything. Our main objective is to create an authentic community. A community of artists that talks about our problems, that supports each other, that asks for advice within the community. We want that to be Diafano.
If any artist wants to tell us about how they feel, let them know that they can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We sincerely hope that you continue with your artistic creations. We wish you the best!