Hands have been powerfully present in our battle with coronavirus. They are not only symbols of how our bodies have become weapons to be washed, sanitized, and gloved but they also represent our innate capacity to heal and to connect with one another. Specially for Worn, collaborators Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Ríos, the artists behind the Hand Medal Project, created a project that highlights the mark of the hand. Inspired by the success of the Hand Medal Project as well as their ongoing efforts to give thanks to healthcare professionals during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Eichenberg and Ríos designed two postcards, each with different images of hands holding hands, on which participants can send notes of gratitude to someone who has provided them personally with care.
The Postcard Project debuted at Hobart and William Smith Colleges during the premier IRL edition of Worn. For NYCJW 2021, participants are invited to request a postcard to write and send a personal message of gratitude to someone who has been their caregiver. Fill out the form below and you will be mailed a blank postcard(s).
The act of writing by hand physically connects one person to another. We leave a human imprint through our handwriting and our individual words. It is this tactile connection that makes the postcard such an enduring artifact and a timely action during a global pandemic that has drastically impacted the way we physically interact.