Past Event

Reparative Memory

October 14, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Michael AradSusan MeiselasDoris SalcedoHank Willis ThomasMabel 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.

Co-presented by the Center for the Study of Social DifferenceColumbia University School of the ArtsColumbia World ProjectsThe ForumThe Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art GalleryThe Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities & the Arts at the City College of New York; and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.