2020 was a year that was marked by COVID-19 and our response has defined us not just as individuals, but as a community and, as a nation.
Dear Covid-19 is a memory project, powered by the National Youth Council (NYC) in partnership with DSTNCT, that shed light on everyday life when Singapore came to a standstill during our nation’s first circuit breaker as everyone stayed home and to document our journey into a new normal.
Our time capsule is a collection of letters to COVID-19 from young Singaporeans from all walks of life, each going through their own struggles and/or victories. These stories have been shared by our participants in earnest and we hope you’ll view them with empathy and sensitivity. We’ve sought to represent a wide spectrum of life experiences, yet are also acutely aware that so many stories have yet to be uncovered.
We would also like to thank all participants of this project for letting us into your lives, homes and journeys. The photos of youth featured under Life in Stills were taken entirely virtually during the circuit breaker period (May 2020). Within a span of 2 weeks, 100 Singaporeans participated in these virtual shoots for Dear Covid-19. As we transitioned into phase 2 of Singapore's reopening, Life In Motion (June - December 2020) presents that through a series of short videos and an expanded collection of our stories as a nation.
These stories have been memorialised as a reminder of our daily lives during this defining year, 2020.