A permanent, constantly updated archive charting the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic: The COVID-19 Visual Project has been designed and produced by Cortona On The Move in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo.
Online since 11 May 2020, it includes a range of content created using the languages of visual narrative – photos, videos, texts, sound recordings – to document the global phenomena and emotions of a unique moment in history: the health emergency, its economic impact, and the effects on individuals and society.
The central narrative involves stories told by world-renowned photographers and video makers – including Alex Majoli, Edoardo Dellile, Mattia Balsamini, Harsha Vadlamani, Gabriele Galimberti and Simon Norfolk – commissioned by Cortona On The Move: as a cultural operator, it feels the need and responsibility to chart an historic moment that will leave a permanent mark on society today and tomorrow.
The content is divided into themed chapters that will be constantly updated with new stories and input from sources including social media:
- the healthcare challenge
- empty cities
- the economic impact
- a wounded society
- nature returns to the fore
- the new normal
The open call for participants in The COVID-19 Visual Project is ongoing: Cortona On The Move will continue to collect original photo essays and visual stories on COVID-19 until a vaccine and a cure are found.
The need for a collective memory is fully endorsed by Intesa Sanpaolo, project partner: it understands that the role of a leading national bank is not only to contribute to the economic growth of a country, but also to its cultural and civic development. Through the partnership, the bank has renewed its interest in photography as an instrument for social research and insight into the present.