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Zip Code Memory Project: Practices of Justice and Repair Launch: Reparative Memory

Public Humanities

dateOctober 14, 2021 timeThursday, 6:30pm EDT locationVirtual Event
  • Columbia World Projects
  • The Forum
  • The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
  • The Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities & the Arts at the City College of New York
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Center for the Study of Social Difference
  • Columbia School of the Arts
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
B&W map of northern Manhattan and the Bronx with several locations marked

Michael Arad, Susan Meiselas, Doris Salcedo, Hank Willis Thomas, Mabel O. Wilson, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Introduced by Marianne Hirsch and Diana Taylor, co-directors of the Zip Code Memory Project. Moderated by Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts.

How can the devastating but radically disproportionate losses caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic be memorialized? While acknowledging the social inequities and injustices the pandemic has exposed, might local memories of loss and neglect be transformed into a practice of justice and collective healing? What aesthetic memorial forms and strategies of engagement best foster the work of Repair?

This roundtable will approach the urgency of such challenges in conversations between noted artists who have responded to histories of violence and loss in vastly different geo-political contexts. Their visionary memorial projects have mobilized painful memories, leaving space both for mourning and for imagining potential futures.

Each of these artists will discuss one project, sharing their process and the challenges faced in creating communities of memory.

This will be the first in a series of conversations on “Reparative Memory” in conjunction with Columbia University School of the Art’s theme of “Repair” and the Zip Code Memory Project: Practices of Justice and Repair based at the Center for the Study of Social Difference.