Marking the first anniversary since the UK first went into lockdown, Isolating Together is an outdoor photography exhibition highlighting stories of community, action and solidarity during the pandemic.
Running across ten days, the exhibition is being displayed at 18 locations including a selection of iconic spaces across Camden from today (22nd March).
The crowdfunded exhibition celebrates people from all walks of life who all came together during this difficult time to look after each other. Karishma Puri, the artist behind the project, was inspired to capture the images after establishing Covid Mutual Aid in Kentish Town. Explaining, Karishma said: “It was clear people were facing acute challenges. But I was also aware of a growing hope and community spirit, so I set out to capture this energy and
resolve with my camera.”
Isolating Together was created in collaboration with Jack Arts and No Ordinary Experience and transforms spaces such as billboards, community spaces and local shop windows into a vast outdoor gallery across Camden. Each space was selected selected from among the most meaningful venues in the area. The centrepiece is displayed across a 14-metre wall at Number 19, the home of community action in Camden.
There is a diverse range of stories featured in the display including the vital role that local businesses like Truffles Deli played in keeping people going. As well as providing delicious food, it also acted as a hub where
people came to chat and feel like part of the local area. Meanwhile, other portraits featured include Nafisa’s story which tells of the suffering in the Somali community at the height of the pandemic, of how she would read comments in the press about ethnic minorities being ignorant about nutrition while neighbours struggled to get by.
But, despite her own challenges, she decided to do something to help. Nafisa ended up orchestrating a support system within her community that ensured people had a steady supply of free fruit and vegetables.
Talking about the exhibition, Anna Wright, Cabinet Member for Promoting Neighbourhoods and Communities, Camden Council said: “The Isolating Together exhibition is a joyous celebration of Camden’s residents and the ways people have drawn strength from each other – overcoming physical distance – to endure the
adversity of the Covid pandemic. These vibrant pictures of vibrant people, so different yet so united,
will capture our hearts and minds and make us proud to be part of the beating heart of Camden.”
Residents and visitors will be able to get a sense of this unique community spirit during self-guided
walking tours of the exhibition from the 22nd March until the 31st March . A map to help explore the exhibition is available here.