Emily Jacir, 24 marzo 2020 (dalla mia finestra)
March 24, 2020 (From My Window) | From My Window / From Your Window: Response #1

Friday, May 1, 2020
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On January 30th the first coronavirus cases appeared in Rome, and
Italy suspended all flights from China. On that day I wrote my first
message to my family regarding coronavirus, worried. I looked for
face masks, but there were none to be found anywhere. On February 4th
while in Lausanne for work, I managed to find masks near the train station
and bought what I thought would be enough at the time—ten masks—and
wore one for the first time on the train back to Milano. On February
27th the cases rose to 650 and I was unable to return to Bethlehem and
got stranded in Rome. On February 29th, cases rose to
1128 with 29 people dead. By March 7th, Italy was reporting more
deaths from the virus than any other country in the world. By March
19th the death toll in Italy surpassed China’s, and on March 24th
—when I filmed this—the daily death toll stood at 743.

We continue to be under Europe’s strictest and longest coronavirus
lockdown. I have been without any human contact since March 1st. I am
separated from my family, my friends, and my dogs. I am alone in a flat
with only one window, and that window is my only connection to the
world outside. That window has become my world. It faces a wall whose
simulacra of two windows only emphasize isolation. Any hoped-for human
contact here will have to come sideways.

Emily Jacir is an artist and filmmaker based between Bethlehem and Rome. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time. She is the Founding Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem. 

This film is part of From My Window / From Your Window, a joint series of films, conversations, and letters organized by e-flux and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

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