Since the 26th of March, the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) has been regularly informing me about the quarantine, the first infected ones, the first victims. Text messages add up to a sequence of numbers and requests and gradually become part of my story about the pandemic. It began in mid-March in Berlin, when the exhibition and museum sites were already closed, and I walked dozens of kilometers according to guidebooks and determined my location relative to the Berlin Wall. I was reading about the divided city and I was building my own wall. I controlled the movement of my hands, trying not to touch anything, carefully adjusted my glasses and followed social distancing rules. I brought the wall home. During the two-week quarantine, I kept methodically building it in my apartment. I stretched it along my way to work and back, around the office, around the workplace. I have a solid, high, blank wall. But – who knows? – maybe some artists cover the other side of it with graffiti and passers-by kiss on its background.
Wed, 26 March, 04:50 PM
Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES): All the people arriving from abroad are required to self-isolate for 14 days. For details call the hotline 8-800-200-93-88
Mon, 30 March, 5:30 pm
Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES): Quarantine measures have been introduced in the Vologda Region. Only self-isolation will protect you, your children, parents, relatives and friends. Please stay at home.
Tue, Apr 21, 5:50 pm
Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES): as at 21 April 114 people were infected with coronavirus in the Vologda Region. Quarantine measures have been introduced in the region. Please stay at home.
Fri, 8 May, 1:27 pm
Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES): as at 8 May in the Vologda Region there were 267 cases of COVID-19 infection, two of them died. Quarantine has been imposed. Please stay home!
Thu, 16 July, 18:45
Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES): as at 16 July in the Vologda Region, 2002 cases of infection with COVID-19, 19 dead. Please respect social distancing, mask regime and personal hygiene rules!
Tue, Aug 4, 18:15