Still from No one on the island by Astrid Mendez

No one on the island by Astrid Mendez


“Drawing inspiration from John Donne’s poem, “No man is an island,” this creative exploration portrays the incoherence of the individualist ideology which COVID-19 outbreak has unveiled. Since “we are involved in mankind” all human needs have the same weight. A clod is to a continent like a person’s death is to a loss.

The storytelling questions western hegemony, hyper-individualism, capitalism and one of the most harmful contagions: lack of empathy.

The lockdown triggered in me several questions about human nature and our interdependence with the rest of the species and ecosystems. As an artist I feel it’s my responsibility to expose the hidden and denied chapters of our personal and shared narratives.”

Astrid Mendez – Creative Director
Melissa Rodriguez – Camera and Post-production
Jean Hooker – Sound Design

No one on the island by Astrid Mendez is created for Shelter 2020.