Lulu Meng questions what it is to be an individual living in a modern society and what connects people. Switching career path from chemical engineering to costume design, having lived and worked in different cities and countries, Meng currently lands in New York City as an artist. Through her conceptual based practice, Meng actualizes her reflection toward the push and pull between an individual’s tendency to be unique and the coexisting longing to belong to a community.Want to contact? email me email@example.com
At first, I made a map of people I care about and with whom I have been checking in since late January when the coronavirus outbreak started. Now, the map is developing. It starts to include more people who matter to my friends and family.
Each day, the online map of the COVID-19 by Johns Hopkins University shows more and more reported confirmed cases globally. The tragic situation is worrisome and heart-wrenching. It is even more striking to see the visual map updates everyday in which the red circles have become larger and more dense in countries and cities.
Inspired by the COVID-19 map, I decided to draw a map that is hopeful and positive. I keep updating the map as I hear back from people I check in with. I have also followed up with the people pinned on the map from time to time. Gratefully, so far, everyone I know is all healthy and safe.
In the forced isolation, I find it is more important to share and stay connected. Given how unprecedented and challenging the situation is, I sincerely wish to bring some light and warmth to the world with what I can. I cannot meet people I care about in person. But thinking about them comforts me, makes me feel I am not alone.
Later, I started to invite people on my map to join the project. I ask them to share where people who matter to them are and make a map unique to each of them. Now, the overall map is developing continuously, covered with people matters to us.
I sincerely wish people to carry with them in mind a visual map of Earth full of love is what when we move past the pandemic.
Instead of fear, we carry on to our new lives after COIVD19 with love. The goal is to have more people we care about in this map than the numbers in COVID-19 cases. I believe love and care is much more contagious than COVID19.
Please consider to participate the mapping project and help to share it.