Forced isolation imposed by the spread of Covid-19 and forceful seizure of the main activities gave many an opportunity to take care of the pending affairs. The same happened to Zeinab Barnovi who decided to dedicate this time to arranging her personal photo archive. During the process she discovered many shots of existence of which she did not even remember but from today’s perspective had gained absolutely different value and importance.
This is how the idea to start a social project in the social network came to the artist’s mind. She launched several thematic photo and video groups including one called Shot from the Quarantine. At the first glance a modest idea received huge interest and active involvement quickly increasing the number of contributors to more than 2,500 and comments to over 65,000. During the period of quarantine members of the Facebook group and people who were locked in their apartments shared photos that were taken during the short strolls in the city or from their windows. In this process architecture and empty public spaces were placed in the foreground.
The exhibition presented photos and videos of professional and nonprofessional photographers from all over the world and different parts of Georgia including the regions, which found themselves in long-term isolation beyond the quarantine as well. For example, part of the photo and video materials were made in Abkhazia (Gali, Sukhumi and Gagra) by non professional photographers through distant video calls.
In parallel the exhibition put on display images of the Heroes’ Square that were made from Zeinab Barnovi’s balcony and offer overview of architectural transformation of the location during several decades.