Battling the Virus: Didactic Imagery

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Battling the Virus: Didactic Imagery

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DISOBEY
A gray shark wearing a medical mask spray-painted on a wall. Text to the right of the shark reads ‘DISOBEY’.

East Village Outlaws wearing their masks
Street art paste up of West Village Oulaws (mugshot) with masks covering their mouths

Smiley Face Face Mask
Picture of a boy in a black shirt with a smiley face bandanna covering his face.

SCAMDEMIC
This appears to have started as a street art piece depicting a medical professional aiming a vaccine syringe at the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. It was subsequently subject to graffiti, some of which has been buffed out. The word "SURVIVAL" is…

Cheers
A man in full hazmat gear, including rubber suit and gas mask, holds up a beer with the title Cheers behind him. This painting is a humorous reference to the similarities between Corona beer and the coronavirus in terms of the name. This also…

Untitled [fuck covid19]
Image shows a nurse giving the middle finger / standing up to a screaming corona virus.

MASK'ARADE
Image of a medical paper face mask burning at one end, against a black background.

No Thanks
On a plywood background is a wheatpasted image of a skeleton dressed in a 1950's style blue polka dot kitchen apron. The skeleton is holding a platter of food with a turkey that is actually a coronavirus, surrounded by vegetables. Above the skeleton…

Hug Life
A wheatpaste image of a person in a green, full body, personal protective suit, including gloves, boots, and helmet. The face inside the helmet is an artistically distorted face. Next to the image is spray painted text which reads "Hug Life."

Put a Mask on Fuckers
On a black wall, a woman with an artistically distorted face raises a fist in the air next to spray painted text which reads "PUT A MASK ON FUCKERS." Her other hand is holding a frying pan, as a threat. The woman appears to be older and is wearing a…

Aguja [Needle]
This image depicts a soldier holding and aiming a vaccination syringe in place of a grenade launcher. The word "Aguja" is written above the image, which means "needle" in Spanish.

Fear and Salvation
This is a powerful image of a priest kneeling and confessing to a masked healthcare worker. This image bears the hashtag #fearandsalvation

Fuck Corona
This image shows the phrase "FUCK CORONA" spray-painted on the side of a building that appears to be in an empty lot.

Confronting the virus
Mural Completed by the Group 'Imprint of Hope'
https://www.facebook.com/imprintofhope1/photos/3554372701276620

More about them here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38768092

Sanitize
Graffiti warns about COVID-19 in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya in May 2020.

COVID-19 QRF - 32nd Hospital Center
COVID-19 QRF featuring Meeko raccoon from the movie Pocahontas
32nd Hospital Center- Southwest Asia 2020
Note that raccoon is nearly an anagram for corona and the creatures wear masks and wash their hands.

Quedate en casa
Graffiti of Batman holding a thermometer gun in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Text in black spray paint reads “quedate en casa”, which translates to “stay at home.”

Stay Safe Toronto
A stencil of a wide-eyed child wearing a face masks. Red hearts appear at the cheeks. Text reads "Stay Safe Toronto."

Joggers
A stencil posted on a utility box reading. "JOGGERS /Protect your fellow humans/ wear a fuckin' mask"

Wash ur hands
A simple tag posted on a utility pole reading "WASH UR HANDS" in white.
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