Clothing the Pandemic

A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World


The importance of emotional health and shared community during times of crisis has been amplified by COVID-19. Mask makers draw on local and universal amuletic symbols, materials, and words to protect, heal, and soothe the mind and body, and to share stories of grief and devastating loss. Through the creative act of making masks, people across the globe have found inner personal strength and communal resilience in the face of the relentless pandemic.

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