Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)

Our project takes the words spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene in the garden after she discovers his empty tomb — noli me tangere (“touch me not”) — as a provocation for reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic, and on other pandemics, viral and social, that engulf us.


Photos: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre, used with permission. 


We ask how we might consider noli me tangere in this moment—this long moment being shaped by the pandemic.