We first got to know each other during our two week-research residency in Amsterdam in March 2020, where we spent time sharing a living and working space. Our stay was interrupted by the spread of Covid-19 virus, making it impossible to conclude our planned research and having to abruptly leave the residency and return to our homes.

For fourteen days, a standard self-isolation period under this pandemic emergency regulations, we committed to communicating daily in the spirit of intimacy and exchange exemplified by the sixteenth-century Dutch writers Catharina Questiers and Cornelia van der Veer, whose work and relationship we started researching during our stay in Amsterdam.

By testing the importance of camaraderie and friendship in a time of emergency we exchanged emails, forming a kind of a diary of personal messages written as poems or prose accompanied by short videos. The responses are spontaneous gestures stimulated by the need to overcome self-isolation and create stronger bonds.


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