Two journalists live long odyssey to escape the covid-19


A chronicle narrated by Lucila Carzoglio and Salvador Marinaro refers to the avatars who have lived for three months to try to return to his home in Shanghai, then during your vacation in the Philippines the global crisis by the covid-19 sharpened and prompted the closure of borders.

In an interview at a distance, with an ocean, Cuauhtémoc Medina, chief curator of the Contemporary Art University Museum (MUAC), talked with the people involved. Lucila and Savior narrated the unlikely feat that they have been implicated to be in 11 cities, five countries, two continents, addressing five jets and travel 16 thousand 595 kilometers, looking for all the options for your flight back home, without success.

They went out of Shenzhen, in southern China, passing through Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, Bangkok and Helsinki, to land in Madrid, a city where they are currently confined.

This story is part of the new sound space #GranHotelAbismo, which will give voice to critical issues of today, such as the pandemic of covid-19, as well as issues of cultural politics and gender.

In an interview with M2, Medina, doctor in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, in Great Britain, ensures that the writers and journalists from argentina you “shared a journey amazing, because they ended up traveling the world, persecuted by the advancement of the quarantine, when they wanted to return to his home to spend the spring festival. His story is built up, how it is going to produce the crisis of the pandemic in the months of February and march.”

The specialist in contemporary art ensures that those affected are offered an interesting insight on how China has become the center of the world, one of the elements that is being revealed in this crisis.

“This pandemic, apart from many things, it is confirmation that the center of the world is now in China and, in addition, in the complexity of what it meant to the industrialization and the development of that nation. They explain that this is not a matter of exotic cuisines that are rare, what really caused the transfer of the virus is that many small farmers have been suddenly transformed into labor in cities such as Wuhan, a place of immigrants, who the only time they have the opportunity to go home is during the Spring Festival, therefore, arises, was the way in which is dispersed the covid-19”.


Given the significance of this experience, which was published in the newspaper The Nation and in the magazine Amphibiousin Argentina, the MUAC generated the podcast #GranHotelAbismo.

“We have created a kind of fiction in this podcast, a space to discuss multiple aspects of how you are living, in the cultural field, the time of quarantine and pandemic in a sphere of cosmopolitan. That’s why we want to start with an interview with two writers and journalists from argentina who live in Shanghai,” explained Medina.

The work begins with an interpretation inspired by the rhythm of the song “Higher”, Becky G and Bad Bunny, who says: “I like doctors/, those who are advisors/, that are sent to quarantine pa’ que te mejores/, that sent to save distance/, and take care what you touch/, for you to wash your hands and wear face cloths, face cloths, oh, oh, oh”.

Immediately you can appreciate the voice of Julio García Murillo, director of the campus expanded MUAC, who explains that this is a podcast “built to the edge of nothingness, of absurdity, of the bluffs of our daily lives; an exercise of hospitality digital algorithms, with room service attempts to theoretical and contemporary art projects”.



The story with the testimonies of the protagonists can be found in the page


Episode 1 of #GranHotelAbismo begins the series “Theories of the pandemic”, which addresses the problems of our time.


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