Alia Bilgrami

Alia Bilgrami

Feeling overwhelmed, missing loved ones and friends who are all in different corners of the world. Trying to take each day at a time and use this period of physical social distancing in a constructive way: learning a new language, trying out a new technique in painting and lots of cooking and baking. Incredibly grateful for everything and everyone – constantly hoping and praying for our collective safety and well being. Technology and social media have given us so much comfort at a time when interacting and socialising in person is not possible and these modes of communication and staying connected are such a huge blessing. There are no words to describe the gratitude I am feeling for all frontline workers who are risking their own lives for the rest of us – doctors, nurses, hospital admin and cleaning staff, grocery store workers, truck drivers, couriers, farmers, distributers…I must have missed out so many more but all of you are heroes. The very least I can do is stay at home and make art! The only silver lining here is that the earth is getting some much needed respite from human beings and some of our destructive activities. The earth is healing and animals are reclaiming spaces. This is truly heartwarming.

27 April, 2020
Temporarily stationed in Aabenraa, Denmark