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I created this image to express the feeling of 2020. Pictured are individuals gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest, in honor of George Floyd. I put the words “I Can’t Breathe” over the images. Those were the words that George Floyd gasped in his final moments. It is also what people said as their homes burned to the ground due to wildfires that ran rampant in 2020. Lastly, it is a complaint that many people had when masks became the new normal- this saying was briefly, inappropriately, reappropriated by anti-maskers. All in all, 2020 had an oppressive, stressful, suffocating feeling that I tried to capture in a simple image.
COVID-19, 2020, Pandemic, Wildfires, BLM, Social Justice, Climate Change
Smet, Sarah, "I Can’t Breathe" (2021). HCOM 434 Weekly Response Activities. 13.