On January 20th we saw a different kind of gathering for the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden and America’s first female, first Black, and first Asian American Vice President, Kamala Harris.
Under the crushing weight of the pandemic and the unsettling threat of violence from domestic terrorists, the National Mall was populated not with supporters from across the country, but rather by nearly 200,000 U.S., state, and territorial flags symbolizing the (at that moment) nearly 400,000 Americans killed by the coronavirus. Field of Flags set the tone for an inaugural message of unity, hope, and reconciliation: a message voiced through artistic expression.
Art replacing chaos.
Music inspiring promise.
Poetry untangling histories.