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  • Collection: Battling the Virus: Didactic Imagery

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A young, male figure wearing a face mask. The artist is painting a rendition of the coronavirus on the man's chest. Text reads: “By fighting the epidemic, we protect the human being and preserve the earth”

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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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Panel-by-panel demo on how to wash hands. The left image show a pair of hands under running water. The center image shows a purple pair of hands rubbing together with soap bubbles around them. The right image shows pink hand using a towel to dry off.

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This image is one of a series of walls painted around the city of Dakar promoting various steps one can take to stay healthy. This panel depicts a woman wearing a colorful headwrap, caught in the middle of a sneeze or cough. Her eyes are closed, and…

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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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Extremely large representations of the virus of are scattered across the pavement. The viruses are frowning and sweating.

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A bifurcated face appears floating against an orange-speckled background. One half of the face shows a man wearing a face mask; the other half shows a skull, including that failure to wear a face mask can result in death. Text in Arabic reads "Stay…

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A giant anthropomorphic virus with an ominous grin holds the limp bodies of its victims in its hands. Text in Arabic reads "the Corona that dislike sickens you," and in English "tak[e] it seriously"

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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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On the left side of the panel, a caricature of a man with a mullet and backwards trucker's cap coughs, expelling large red viruses. There is a great deal of text in this panel, reading "COVID 19 "Tha Virus" Pandemic that infects the entire world ca't…

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A yellow cartoon boy wearing a black and white striped shirt and a face mask attacks the coronavirus by with a hypodermic needle/ray gun. Text (in red) reads Kill Th' Mo' Fo' Covid 19!

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A poster reading WA$H YOUR HANDS followed by the signature Absurdly Well. The use of the $ in Wash politicizes the message.

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Three healthcare workers stand together, speaking in unison with one text bubble reading: "We're working for your benefit. Please stay in for ours." One of the healthcare workers (man) wears a face mask, but the other two (women) do not. One of the…

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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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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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"Artistic representation of a trend that pissed off a generation forced to look at itself." -Jilly Ballistic. The drawing of the cleaning product is titled "boomer remover." This represents a sanitizing of society through COVID-19.

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A note of celebration to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reminding the public to wash their hands to the tune of Happy Birthday.

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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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A stencil with black paint depicting an fist of power, holding a soap pump. Accompanied by the bold text 'Don't be revolting, wash your hands'.

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Didactic murals that explain, in clear visual language, the importance of hand washing and face masks in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
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