Hypomnemata/Reminders: Photography by Jesús R. Velasco Exhibition and Auction

13/13 Seminar Series

  • Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought
  • Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
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13/13 Seminar Series
Hypomnemata/ Reminders: Photography Exhibition and Auction
November 30, 2017 through Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:00pm
The Heyman Center, Board Room

Exactly one year ago, thousands of people erected an ephemeral wall of post-its throughout the burrow-like hallways of 14th Street Subway station. Hundreds of thousands of colorful messages were written, put up, memorialized, photographed, touched, read, and cried upon --right before falling down the floor, only to be replaced with new post-its. They conveyed a little bit of fear, a little bit of hope, and, above all, things that we should remember before they become normalized: messages about gender and race equality, about police brutality, about values we hold dear that suddenly became endangered. The post-its have no theory, they have no space, they are part of the bodies of those who wrote it while they were walking through those dark passageways. Remembering, writing, being in contact with those reminders --this is also one of the modalities of uprising. As part of the 13/13 project on Uprising, these pictures want to convey that ephemeral moment: they are, also, fragmentary reminders of something that cannot be lost for history.

The exhibition opens on November 30, 2017 and will remain on display in the first floor Board Room of the Heyman Center for the Humanities. On the last day of the exhibition, December 13, 2017, please join us at 6:00pm for an auction of the photographs to benefit Columbia Community Services. RSVP Here.

Being a good neighbor by assisting local nonprofit organizations is an important part of Columbia’s mission. Columbia Community Service (CCS) helps to achieve this goal by providing a means for faculty, staff, and retirees of Barnard College, Columbia University, and Teachers College to contribute to an annual campaign that assists local nonprofit organizations, such as soup kitchens, after-school programs, retiree services, health and rehabilitation centers, and other critical community programming. Every year, Columbia Community Services makes grants to local community organizations, as well as provide logistical support and professional advising. Because the University covers all administrative expenses, 100 percent of the contributions are used for direct services.