FIRST PLACE WINNER
Qahramany Semin, Oxford Spires Academy
My painting was partly influenced by the contagion cabaret. It is partly focused on what Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie talked about, fake news and how we respond to it. I have included something in the painting which represents the fact that humans are not viruses and that it’s important to know how you respond to a pandemic, or a time where everyone is nervous and dealing with a lot, due to the virus. Through the painting I want to show how some people blame each other, just like it was shown in the contagion cabaret, how countries blamed each other for the disease. An example of this was when Trump called the virus “ the Chinese virus” and said that it’s not racist to say that because the virus came from China. But I think that it’s an awful way of handling things, people should think about how they make other people feel. I think my painting is a representation of how quick people are to judge and also shows how much the NHS and doctors and scientists around the world are contributing to put an end to this virus and trying so hard to save lives. Also it’s to show the anger of many people for the racism and bad handling of the pandemic. Through my painting I wanted to show that nature is also starting to breath again.