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Social distancing life in Vietnam through citizens' sketches

Monday, April 06, 2020, 10:00 GMT+7
Social distancing life in Vietnam through citizens' sketches
French-style architecture towers over a quiet street during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam, seen in this sketch by Pham Thanh Son.

While the novel coronavirus continues to turn the world upside down, Urban Sketchers Hanoi – a group of urban artists – is attempting to break the monotony of social distancing by challenging its followers to sketch their impressions of everyday life in Vietnam.

More than 100 sketches submitted by the artists – ranging from seven to 70 years old – depict gratitude toward hospital staff, relatives exercising in front of the television, children participating in Internet classes, those who are in self-isolation, and images that have become symbols of the current situation, such as immune-boosting fruits.

Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, head of The Urban Sketchers Hanoi, plans to display the challenge’s best submissions in an exhibition.

She also has plans to auction off the artwork and put 50 percent of the proceeds toward COVID-19 prevention and the rest in a fund managed by the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

Check out some of these submissions depicting everyday life in a country practicing physical distancing:

Artist Nguyen Hien depicts Vietnamese dancer Quang Duy (right) and a friend performing their choreographed version of the hit COVID-19 themed song 'Ghen Co Vy' in this sketch. Quang Dung and his partner performed the song to draw awareness of virus-prevention techniques.

Artist Nguyen Hien depicts Vietnamese dancer Quang Dang (right) and a friend performing their choreographed version of the hit COVID-19 themed song 'Ghen Co Vy' in this sketch. Quang Dung and his partner performed the song to draw awareness of virus-prevention guidelines.

This sketch by Tran Thi Thanh Thuy features a family exercising in front of the television.

This sketch by Tran Thi Thanh Thuy features a family exercising in front of the television.

Artist Dang Truong Giang chooses to submit a sketch of his quarantined neighborhood on Truc Bach Street in Hanoi.

Artist Dang Truong Giang chooses to submit a sketch of his quarantined neighborhood on Truc Bach Street in Hanoi.

'We stay at work for you, please stay home for us' has been the motto of many healthcare professionals since the pandemic started, as shown in this sketch by Dang Truong Giang.

'We stay at work for you, please stay home for us' has been the motto of many healthcare professionals since the pandemic started, as shown in this sketch by Dang Truong Giang.

A grandmother plays with her grandchildren while schools remain closed in Hanoi in this sketch by Minh Ly.

A grandmother plays with her grandchildren while schools remain closed in Hanoi in this sketch by Minh Ly.

A boy reads books at home in this sketch by 11-year-old Nguyen Tan.

A boy reads a book at home in this sketch by 11-year-old Nguyen Tan.

A pedestrian walks alongside Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi in this sketch by Sao Nguyen.

A pedestrian walks alongside Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi in this sketch by Sao Nguyen.

Lilies are seen in this sketch by Thu Huong.

Lilies are seen in this sketch by Thu Huong.

Blackboard tree blossoms are seen in this sketch by Sao Nguyen.

Blackboard tree blossoms are seen in this sketch by Sao Nguyen.

Violets are seen in this sketch by Kim Anh.

Violets are seen in this sketch by Kim Anh.

As schools in Vietnam are closed due to COVID-19, artist Tran Thi Thanh Thuy depicts a the new reality of classes taught via online platforms.

As schools in Vietnam are closed due to COVID-19, artist Tran Thi Thanh Thuy depicts the new reality of classes taught via online platforms.

As schools in Vietnam are closed due to COVID-19, artist Tran Thi Thanh Thuy depicts a the new reality of classes taught via online platforms.

As schools in Vietnam are closed due to COVID-19, artist Tran Thi Thanh Thuy depicts the new reality of classes taught via online platforms.

'When the nation needs you to stay still’ by Tran Thi Thanh Thuy.

'When the nation needs you to stay still’ by Tran Thi Thanh Thuy

7-year-old Minh Khue’s submission depicts a young a girl wearing a face mask, an appeal to the public to do the same.

Seven-year-old Minh Khue’s submission depicts a young a girl wearing a face mask, an appeal to the public to do the same.

‘Spraying disinfectant’ by nine-year-old Nguyen Ha Minh Anh.

‘Spraying disinfectant’ by nine-year-old Nguyen Ha Minh Anh

‘Children gather at grandmother’s home’ is seen through the observation of Minh Ly.

‘Children gather at grandmother’s home’ is seen through the observation of Minh Ly.

Luong Vu Lan Anh’s sketch is meant to encourages people to consume more tea, peaches, oranges and lemongrass, all rich vitamin C, in order to improve the immune systems.

Luong Vu Lan Anh’s sketch is meant to encourage people to consume more tea, peaches, oranges and lemongrass, all rich in vitamin C, in order to improve the immune system.

A porridge stand in Hanoi is seen in this sketch by Nam Phong.

A porridge stand in Hanoi is seen in this sketch by Nam Phong.

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