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COVID Pedagogies: Tools, Content & Strategies

Agnes Wong

Letters to No One: An ongoing virtual library of anonymously collected thoughts, feeling, fears, and writings amidst a global pandemic. An image of 3 rows of 3 coloured envelopes with text at the back of them: I thought I was trying hard enough. IF I could, then I would do so. I feel as though I am the only person here. I'm doing alright, so far. Can anyone hear me? Maybe it's not my fault, but. Am I the only one feeling this way? Let's just make it past today. Is there something wrong with me?

Title: Letters to No One

Artist: Agnes Wong

 

Statement: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly shaken the whole world with devastating consequences and seemingly permanent impacts on our daily lives. In this gloomy time of isolation, paranoia, and fear, studies have shown that those with existing mood disorders and mental health issues are experiencing a heightened feeling of despair, alongside an increase of symptoms. The global pandemic has affected how we live and communicate in our everyday, especially for a countless number whose condition of life has been severely impacted since late 2019. Letters to No One is a project that seeks to create a virtual community of empathy and understanding by inviting anyone to share their feelings or worries during the pandemic that might otherwise not be voiced—perhaps due to a lack of comfort expressing directly to others, or perhaps they simply lack an outlet. Through the physical act of recording down these often intangible thoughts onto paper, a cathartic experience in itself, these anonymous letters “to no one in particular” can then be viewed on a dedicated Instagram account, hopefully initiating dialogue and discussions by others in this virtual community.