Love and intimacy in COVID times

Three theatre directors, an author and a visual artist speak of love and intimacy in our current pandemic, and how the arts can maintain connection when we physically can’t.

When we think of love and art, it is works like Rene Magritte’s The lovers (1928) and Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture of 1967 that spring to mind, along with classics like Romeo and Juliet (1597) and Gabriel García Márquez’s novel from 1985, Love in the Time of Cholera (particularly apt in our pandemic times).

But as we live in times of social distancing – in a pandemic that blankets intimacy in caution – we take a look at how that very human nature to connect can be maintained through the arts.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina