In 2003, Ioana Kraft was one of the China pioneers whose significance only becomes clear in retrospect. At the time, she was greeted by white figures in full-body protective suits upon her first arrival in Shanghai. Back then, the first original SARS (still without “-CoV-2”) was raging in China. “Little did I know that 20 years later, this image would shape our lives in such a way,” Kraft says. The Da Bai now iconically represent lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere. As a phenomenon, however, they are not new, as Kraft knows from back then.
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