Maryam Dashti (Azad University of Art & Architecture)
12 meter to live...
Award of Excellence
The COVID Experience
Corona, a virus which didn’t take much time to make the word “ qaurantine”came to the light. A word that,perhaps because of its strangeness,has always been used in school dictations to remind the students to think how they should write quarantine. However, now due to corona virus, quarantine has been a common term. Corona virus and its quarantine has left people alone with themselves for a while. You are left alone in your rooms and even if you had the biggest room in the world, few days would be enough to make it repetitive for you. When you repeat yourself, you have to live with it, even you yourself gets repetitive and you come up with the question that how much tolerable is that repetitive you?! The solitude caused by corona virus and the quarantine is weirdly different from the solitude before. Heretofore, you could combine your Solitude with pacing the streets or watching a movie in theaters, and eventually you could escape from your Solitude even in a false way. In this new form of Solitude, however, it seems like your 12meter room and whatever you have in it can’t help you to escape. Now the solitude caused by corona virus clings to you and forces you to face yourself. Now whatever you have and what you don’t have is seen more obviously and makes you contemplate more deeply. About whether I can live with the new me under one roof or not. Is 12 meter enough to live?!