Events

Remembering Covid / Remembering Mutual Aid | Exhibition Opening

A Photography Exhibition curated by Cinthya Santos Briones

Exhibition Opening

April 25, 2024

6 P.M. (EST)

20 Cooper Sq., 5th FL.


The Hemispheric Institute cordially invites you to the opening of Remembering Covid / Remembering Mutual Aid, a photography exhibition that ignites the memory of collective mobilization in immigrant communities across New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, the exhibition has traveled to churches and community organizations in Brooklyn, Queens, the South Bronx, and Upper Manhattan, serving as a place to gather and to recognize the work of hundreds of migrants and other volunteers who joined local mutual aid efforts.

The event will feature Myrna Lazcano (immigrant activist), Natalia Méndez (La Morada Mutual Aid Kitchen), Rommel Ojeda (Documented), exhibition curator Cinthya Santos Briones, and Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute).

In this exhibition, photography ignites the memory of collective mobilization in immigrant communities across New York City during COVID-19. It recognizes the trauma and loss caused by the pandemic, and celebrates the collective responses to the crisis. In recent months, the exhibition has traveled to churches and community organizations in Brooklyn, Queens, the South Bronx, and Upper Manhattan, serving as a place to gather and to recognize the work of hundreds of migrants and other volunteers who joined local mutual aid efforts. Many community members assumed leadership roles for the first time. Many others donated to GoFundMe campaigns to raise money for funerals or for the repatriation of remains.

Our partners in this project are the Church of the Good Shepherd in Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, St. Peter's Church in Manhattan, Holyrood Episcopal Church in Washington Heights, and La Morada Mutual Aid Kitchen in the South Bronx. During the bleakest days of the pandemic, these churches and organizations mobilized their communities to feed hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and they continue to do so.

Through these images, we honor their mutual aid and celebrate their creativity, generosity, and dignity as they continue to organize to help themselves.

This is an in-person event that requires registration. All non-NYU attendees must RSVP in advance. Video documentation will be made available on the Institute website following the event.

This program has been partially supported by a grant from the Institute of Diversity and Civic Life.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

Event Access

The exhibition is free and open to the public. NYU students, faculty, and staff may enter using their NYU ID. All non-NYU attendees must RSVP in advance.


This exhibition is organized by the Hemispheric Institute with the support of Institute for Diversity and Civic Life, The Mellon Foundation, and New York University.