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#MassIsolation Reflections: Daily Star front page, March 18th 2020

#MassIsolation Reflections: Daily Star front page, March 18th 2020

#MassIsolation Reflections: Daily Star front page, March 18th 2020
with FORMAT Co-ordinator, Niamh Treacy

QUAD’s Programme Team are sharing highlights from FORMAT’s mass-isolation project @massisolationformat that shows images and experiences shared during the lockdown due to Covid-19.

Credit: ‘Daily Star front page, March 18th 2020’, Josh Adam Jones, @joshadamjonesphoto, www.joshadamjones.co.uk

The sculptural form and playful composition of Joshua Adam Jones’ series ‘Daily Star Front Page, March 18th 2020’, struck me; reminiscent of a childhood toy, the innocent and fragile nature of the form bares resemblance to the time we currently find ourselves in. 

The first diptych shows us two contradicting images; one depicting a symbol of quiet hope and the other a foreboding menace. As we move through the images we are presented with a well-known depiction of Winston Churchill’s ‘V for Victory’. Re-imagined in this context to once again rile feelings of optimism and promise of the ‘Bulldog Spirit’ in the paper’s readers. Printed days before Britain was set to enter its period of lockdown, the use of Churchill’s image could potentially be seen as propaganda, to instil hope against our invisible enemy. Jones has subsequently manifested the image into a more tranquil emblem; an origami crane, which in Japanese culture offers a symbol of hope and healing in challenging times. None more challenging than now.

- Niamh Treacy, FORMAT Coordinator 

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Image credits:Daily Star front page, March 18th 2020’, Josh Adam Jones, @joshadamjonesphoto, www.joshadamjones.co.uk