Mahjabeen Zafar

Mahjabeen Zafar

I read somewhere that the pandemic had made all of us Hopper paintings… I live in Spain, and the Spanish are almost neurotically social and looking through my neighbours’ windows makes me wonder how they are coping with the solitude… In my case, living here has imposed a sociability on me that I was unaware of until the quarantine hit. When I moved to this country I used to go everywhere alone, but after a few years the feeling crept up on me that perhaps all these other groups of friends and families were wondering why I had no friends or family to keep me company. What started off as paranoid self-consciousness has, 15 years later, morphed into my becoming not only incredibly social but the one who brings friends together. This quarantine has been a lifeline I didn´t even know I needed. Two months in, I still have no longing to meet anyone, and the days are so full of play and creativity I´m dreading when this will all be over and I´ll have to jump back into the whirlwind of work and friends.

April 29, 2020
Spain