Julia Lazarus & Şirin Fulya Erensoy: “Communing in a Crisis” (2021)

Communing in a Crisis is a collaborative video essay about the entanglement of fear and hope by Julia Lazarus (D) and Şirin Fulya Erensoy (TR) Since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic, many countries across the globe went into lock down with the intentions of curbing the spread of the virus. This development worldwide led to waves of shock among many, who had difficulties comprehending the exact magnitude of the situation. This shock and uncertainty transformed into an array of emotions, as more and more news regarding the pandemic came from around the world. Fear was one of these emotions. Fear in this context translates as a personal feeling of oppressive anxiety, arising from the lack of knowledge and uncertainty of what the future holds. Our aim with this project is to paint a picture of the variety of attempts to turn the fear into hope by individuals and collectives during the days since the coronavirus became a global reality.
The interviews were conducted between June 2020 to June 2021 with the friendly support of  Tarabya Cultural Academy.