With its new cover, The New Yorker
imagines the “thrill and poignancy of a world reopening” due to the COVID-19 pandemic
For the magazine's May 24 front page, Istanbul-based artist Gürbüz Doan Ekşiolu depicted what appears to be a family peering out from the darkness behind their door.
Here's an illustration:
According to New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly, Ekşiolu submitted the piece in 2020, during the early days of the pandemic. “Today, the pandemic is far from over, but many countries are finally exhaling, and it seemed apt to publish Ekşiolu’s image,” Mouly said.
Despite the fact that life in the United States appears to be returning to normal, vaccination
rates in Turkey remain around 15%.
“We’re still under lockdown, there are many curfews, and we have to wear masks
everywhere,” Ekşiol told Mouly. “I dreamed of returning to life while working on this image, and today, I am happy to be closer to that dream.”