Forced to shutter to contain the pandemic, Guatemala City’s Proyectos Ultravioleta has created a series of “Nature is Healing” memes, which are both endearing and hilarious.
It started on Instagram last Wednesday, when Ai Weiwei posted an image of a man holding his leg like a rifle with the words “京城反恐系列” (Beijing anti-terrorism series).
Some time early last week, I began to notice the “What People Think I Do/What I Really Do” graphics on my Facebook news feed. The first time I clicked on one, I had a quick laugh — I thought it was witty. A few days later it seemed like my news feed had been converted into a focused, peer-curated online gallery devoted to the latest, most clever “What People Think I Do/What I Really Do” graphics.
Then my Mom started posting them too. The speed at which this new internet sensation spread grabbed my attention. A quick Google search led me to www.knowyourmeme.com. The website credited artist Garnet Hertz with starting the meme, so I emailed Hertz to see if I could get the scoop on his original graphic. Hertz was kind enough to give an interview about the history of the graphic he first posted on February 9th and the subsequent birth of a meme.