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  • Collection: Battling the Virus: Didactic Imagery

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

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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…

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A large panel showing a woman in profile wearing a surgical face mask. She is accompanied by text reading "Porter un Masque" ("Wear a Mask")

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A mixed media mural created in the city of Rochester by community activist and artist Shawn Dunwoody as part of "Protect your Circle," a campaign aimed at spreading information about COVID-19 to communities of color. The piece features bilingual PSA…

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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…

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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.”

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

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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…

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Vibrant image of Selena wearing a face mask that reads "Homie: STAY HOME!"

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A large and colorful mural reading "Seu futuro está nas mãos" (translated as "your future is in your hands") with images of a young figure with respirator mask and a female doctor of Asian descent doing research using a microscope. Images of the…

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

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A pair of praying hands that is lightly bounded with a string. This string is connected to a bar of soap and there are bubbles around the hands.

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A wheatpaste image of a young boy dressed in early 20th century clothing (possibly a reference to 1918 flu pandemic). He wears a face mask. Stenciled text reads "SPREAD NO VIRUS"

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At the center, a young female figure wears a face mask. In front of her we see the skyline of a city and Earth with the words "Stay at Home." Flags of various nations are suspended behind her. To the sides we see abstract forms and renditions of the…

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An image of a figure wearing a white hoodie, pink sunglasses and a face mask. Text accompanying the figure reads "Stay at Home" in Arabic. There are also green stylized representations of the coronavirus.

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A large wall mural showing close-up images of faces wearing face masks. Text reading "stay at home" is written on the masks in different scripts.
Statement from the artist: "It is of Sudanese people from different tribes, saying "Stay at home" in…

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

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On the left, a man and a woman wear face masks; on the right side, a man in a helmet looks through binoculars, as if on the look-out for an enemy. In between these groups of figures, there is text that says (in Indonesian) "Opponent Corona." The…

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A large (life-size) stencil of a man who is encumbered by a green virus, connected to his ankle as a ball-and-chain.

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A warning sign in a skatepark shows the coronavirus in black on a white background surrounded by a red triangle. Below is a white rectangular sign with Covid-19 written in black.
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