About the project
Isaias Fanlo straddles two homes, one with Gerard Wozek in Chicago where he recently completed his doctorate at University of Chicago and the other in Barcelona with his partner Marc Rosich. To manage the long-distance isolation, Wozek began sending a nightly haiku to Fanlo who then responded with a photo of the desolate streets of Barcelona. The Lockdown Haiku project is comprised of 21 black and white photographs taken by Fanlo and 21 haiku written by Wozek —a total of 42 pieces, representing a full quarantine plus an additional couplet to encourage the rethinking of life after lockdown— forming an inter-disciplinary, international “call and response” collaboration that articulates an immediate catharsis in these challenging days we are living. Fanlo also recently complimented one of Wozek’s published narratives in the anthology Closet Cases (Et Alia Press, 2020) with one of his photographs.
Now upon rising,
where you used to lay your head,
I smooth the pillowcase.
Canopy of clouds.
Only the taillights of planes.
Streetlamps outshine stars.
Pendemic is publishing the image and haiku from day one and day two only. You can see the full body of work here.