COVID-19 Impact on our work
Our collective works mainly producing public and street art, which cannot be produced taking physical distancing meassures. At the moment, our projects are on hold, Currently, we do not know how many of the projects we had planned will take place this year. Neither we know how much longer we will be quarantined.
Although in Puerto Rico they are beginning to allow the operation of more businesses and entities, we understand that there still exists and will continue to exist a great risk of contagion, so we do not foresee resuming the production of community murals, or participatory pieces like the ones we do usually for several months.
Actions in Response
We understand that the quarantine that has been imposed in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a strong impact on the mental health of our community. As a response we have moved to offer online art workshops. These workshops have been designed to be therapeutic and open to everybody, with no art experience neccessary. Through art and creative techniques we offer a space to clear our minds and channel our feelings.
The situation has also put preassure on our governement. Our political atmosphere has been tense and agitated since 2019 protests that accomplished the resignation of the now former governor. Our current governor, is not a democratically elected official, so her leadership has been resented by the general public, and has been under constant scrutiny. The current pandemic has precipitated decisions of the Puerto Rican government and continues to uncover its corruption. We see the need to react to this through art. That is why we've also produced a series of illustrations protesting the government's management of the situation and advocating for collective action and solidarity.