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Zip Code Memory Project: Imagine Repair - Exhibitions and Performances

General Programming

dateApril 23, 2022 timeSaturday, 11:00am EDT locationThe Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Chapel of Saint James
  • Admission is free on April 23. After that date, visitors are encouraged to purchase timed $5 tickets in advance at

  • Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia University School of the Art
  • Center for the Study of Social Difference
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
Title, location, participants, date, and time of event

Join us to celebrate the power of community and care in neighborhoods unequally affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Following several months of creative workshops engaging participants from across Upper N.Y.C. Zip Codes, the exhibition and performances express a collective desire for renewed hope, connection and transformative justice.

The opening events of IMAGINE REPAIR on April 23 will take place in the Nave of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and include performances and presentations by Imani Uzuri, Alicia Grullon, Marie Howe, Fred Moten, Amyra Léon, Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz, George Emilio Sanchez and Noni Carter with workshop participants, and a concert by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. Visitors will be invited to listen and share their wishes, hopes and demands.

The exhibition will be hosted in the Chapel of St. James at the Cathedral. This anti-monumental exhibition includes projects produced by community participants in ongoing workshops; collaborative installations of neighborhood stories and voices; along with works by Kamal Badhey, Jordan Cruz, Maria José Contreras, Judith Helfand and Gabriela Canal, Chelsea Knight, Susan Meiselas, Lorie Novak, Desiree Rios, Carrie Mae Weems, and Deborah Willis. In collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum, a satellite installation of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s A Crack in the Hourglass, An Ongoing Memorial for the Victims of Covid-19 invites the public to add portraits and stories about those they lost to the work’s online archive at

The exhibition is curated by Işın Önol, in conversations with multiple workshop participants, and assisted by Aya Labanieh. Curatorial and artistic contributions by workshop participants include Birim Bademli, Erachie Brown, Cathleen Campbell, Yves Dossous, Leah Elimeliah, Yiğit Eygi, Sonja Jean Killebrew, Seçil Koman, Candance Leslie, Sandra Long, Zahied Tony Mohammed, and Jim Mutton. The public performances and events are curated by Alo Gorozpe.

See more details in the Zip Code Memory Project website.