Johann de Silva, 'Just another building, Just another Body' (2021) 2.3m x 1.5m. Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist statement

This work is a hyperbolic narrative sprawled on a body bag via permanent marker, crayon, and pencil. Based on experiences working in healthcare, I’ve observed the hospital treated as a ghoul house. Sickness is uncomfortable because it reminds us of our mortality. This is a nonsensical narrative imprinted on a symbol of finality, the body bag. It responds to the sensationalized narratives that have been floating around. The frontline are real people not a faraway blackhole.

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