Remembering Covid / Remembering Mutual Aid

Photo by Marcial Godoy-Anativia.

Starting April 25, 2024.

We invite you to the opening of Remembering Covid / Remembering Mutual Aid, a photography exhibition that ignites the memory of collective mobilization across immigrant communities in New York City during COVID-19. It recognizes the trauma and loss caused by the pandemic, but celebrates the collective responses to the crisis. This is one of five exhibitions that, in recent months, have served as places to gather and recognize the work of hundreds of migrants and other volunteers who joined the efforts at distribution sites and kitchens across NYC. 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.

Photographers include Charlotte Brathwaite, Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz, Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Yael Martinez. The exbihition was curated by Cinthya Santos Briones.

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.