Decameron Row, Stories of Solace
Have you wondered what’s everyone else doing on quarantine days? How different and similar are from yourself? Do you miss hanging out with your friends and living life the way we were used to? Decameron Row is a project that addresses some of these questions and more. It’s an invented …
Have you wondered what’s everyone else doing on quarantine days? How different and similar are from yourself? Do you miss hanging out with your friends and living life the way we were used to? Decameron Row is a project that addresses some of these questions and more. It’s an invented street where all your friends live. Each one has a window where you can get a g and express their experiences. By the viewer looking at their windows, the people – mostly writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, designers, photographers –share their joys, sorrows and everything between them through their art.
Omar Zuñiga Hidalgo, a Chilean filmmaker, ponders about all the birthdays that won’t be celebrated this year. Lynne Sacks, a filmmaker and poet in New York City, shows us a clip juxtaposing the loneliness and fear of the uncertain next to a Black Lives Matter protest. Phoebe Rebhorn, a 15-year-old visual artist in Virginia, USA draws a figure in charcoal while reading a poem in the background. A musician in France plays guitar and sings a song of melancholia in a dark room lit by two candles. Photographer Elinor Carucci shows a series of striking images of family self-portraits while talking about preserving her children and herself. Designer Bruce Mao invites us to take a close look at the beauty of flowers and hear the songs of nature. Nortec, the band of musicians from Tijuana, Mexico that fuses techno and norteño sounds, shows a montage of video and imagery of the Mexican US border, sad and beautiful at once. OK GO, the experimental band from California, entertains us with a fun video that is visually hypnotizing.
The project started when a group of friends separated from each other began exchanging intimate video postcards as a way to comfort each other during these times. They loved the videos that wanted to do share with everyone else. The inspiration came from Boccaccio’s 14th-century Decameron, where a group of friends avert the loneliness of quarantine during the Black Death by squatting together in an abandoned villa outside of Florence and telling each other stories — 10 people, 10 days, 100 tales. Their stories gave them solace.
Visit Decameron Row. And be on the lookout because there will be more windows to explore in the near future.
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