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Quarantine diaries

 Santiago, Chile, 2020. 


Thirty years ago I was lying on my mother's chest in an everlasting swing wrapped in her arms. Today after three decades I have returned to the womb, since life has given us a pause without haste, without pressure and without excuses. For more than hundred and forty days we had been locked in a confined space. Today the world stands still and life in this house has frozen in a hug. I have made two quarantines in the last year since my son Ikal was born. And for some reason I feel like I'm a puerpera who just gave birth, since the context and the emotional register are very similar. This quarantine unlike the first one has brought me great anxiety for the future, for my son and for the planet. The first one, postpartum, I was full of hope.

Undoubtedly confinement feels stronger and more overwhelming when someone imposes it on us. When we have freedom over our actions, and we decide to stay home, we still feel free. Not anymore. My days are breastfeeding, napping, changing diapers, playing, loving, and repeating. Deep down I feel that quarantine is like motherhood: thousands of emotions of loneliness, isolation, unanswered questions, anxiety, reflections, and hope. Understand these emotions as a neutral feeling neither negative nor positive, just new. However, quarantined or not - inside or outside - freedom is not imposed by confinement or being outdoors. Freedom is a state of mind, a philosophy, a decision.

I spend this second quarantine with my mother, and together we did the daily exercise of accompanying, guiding and caring of ourselves. It is an endless circle, since she is the beginning of my own motherhood. We shared experiences that we would never have lived together if it wasn’t for the Covid-19 pandemic. This timeless period has allow me to portray the symbosis between my son, my mother and myself while living under one roof and being in total lockdown with limited exposure to the outdoors. 


A self-portrait shows the photographer with her son Ikal at daybreak, during their first week of quarantine. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. During this time, she explored the connection between mother and child as they lived with limited exposure to the outdoors. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in Santiago, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 25 March, 2020.

A view from the photographer’s apartment of the Cerro Manquehue, the highest hill in the Santiago Valley. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 21 May, 2020.

Photographer Tamara Merino takes a self-portrait sumerge in water. “The tub is the only place in the house where I can enjoy the silence.” She says. Santiago, Chile was more than 140 days in mandatory quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Exploring the connection between mother, child, and nature while being in total lockdown with limited exposure to the outdoors, this photograph highlights the vital importance of the environment in society’s collective well-being. Santiago, Chile, 30th March 2020.

The photographer’s mother exposes her stretch marks next to those of her daughter. To the pair, they are a symbol of pride, and a memory of the power they acquired while giving birth. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 10 April, 2020.

A view from the first floor, towards the building where the photographer spent her quarantine. The light from the apartments are visible through leafless tree branches on a winter night. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 11 July, 2020.

Photographer takes a self-portrait with her son, Ikal, as plants are reflected on the window. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country.  Santiago, Chile. 4 April, 2020.

A thirty-year- old photograph of the photographer and her mother, Tamara Bloch, during their postpartum quarantine. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 13 April, 2020.

The photographer's mother, Tamara Bloch, takes a shower with her grandson, Ikal, during their Santiago neighborhood’s mandatory quarantine. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 29 March, 2020.

The photographer's son, Ikal crawls around the house as he discovers the world by himself. Living in quarantine, his development shows the passage of time. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 6 April, 2020.

Diptych made with two photographs of the photographer’s mother, Tamara Bloch, while she takes in the sun next to the window during their Santiago neighborhood’s mandatory quarantine. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 9 May, 2020.

Photographer Tamara Merino takes a self-portrait with her son Ikal while breastfeeding him. “My quarantine days are breastfeeding, napping, diapering, playing, loving and repeat. Deep down I feel that quarantine is a bit like motherhood.” She says. Santiago, Chile was more than 140 days in mandatory quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Exploring the connection between mother, child, and nature while being in total lockdown with limited exposure to the outdoors, this photograph highlights the vital importance of the environment in society’s collective well-being. Santiago, Chile, 27th March 2020.

The photographer takes a self-portrait as she walks barefoot in the park at night. While being in lockdown she constantly had this dream, where she was floating barefoot through the forest in a deep silence and time stood still. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 9 May, 2020.

A portrait of the photographer’s son Ikal, made through the lens of a toy camera he received for his first birthday. He spent the day in quarantine. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 5 July, 2020.

A self-portrait shows the photographer with her son Ikal, as they play under the sheets with a lamp. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 28 March, 2020.

The photographer’s son, Ikal, looks through a window marked with grease left by his hands. Over and over, he has stood with his face and fingers pressed against the glass while he watches the world outside. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, he spent 146  days in total lockdown, together with his mother and grandmother. During this time, the photographer explored the connection between mother and child as they lived with limited exposure to the outdoors. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. To date, Chile has registered 645,892 cases of COVID-19 and and 17,162 deaths, according to the Chilean Ministry of Health. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile, 15 July 2020.

Diptych. Photo 1; Photographer Tamara Merino takes a self-portrait during a sad moment due to the intense emotional feelings of being in strict lockdown. Photo 2; Projected shadow of a tree on the wall representing the desire to be in nature. Santiago, Chile was more than 140 days in mandatory quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Exploring the connection between mother, child, and nature while being in total lockdown with limited exposure to the outdoors, this photograph highlights the vital importance of the environment in society’s collective well-being. Santiago, Chile, 30th March 2020.

The photographer’s mother, Tamara Bloch, was isolated for 14 consecutive days after testing positive for COVID-19. To avoid physical contact, a tray of food is placed outside her bedroom. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 16 July, 2020.

The photographer takes a self-portrait with her son Ikal while breastfeeding him. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 10 April, 2020.

The photographer comforts her son Ikal, who has been suffering from a high fever for the past three days. Meanwhile her mother, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated in her room. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country.  Santiago, Chile. 16 July, 2020.

The photographer takes a self-portrait with her mother as they wear face masks and hug each other during quarantine. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Santiago de Chile, the photographer spent 146 days in total lockdown in her apartment, together with her son and mother. In 2020, residents of most districts in Santiago de Chile waited for at least 140 days in a total lockdown, in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the year was spent living in partial confinement, under a series of new rules designed to restrict movement and social gatherings. In March of 2020, Chilean officials identified the first cases of COVID-19 in Santiago de Chile. By May, most of the country’s largest cities had been placed under a mandatory quarantine. The cases are concentrated in the Santiago metropolitan area, with outbreaks in other regions in the country. Santiago, Chile. 2 May, 2020.