- Venue: Storefront for Ideas
127 Walker Street
New York, NY
Join us for the closing of Archive as Memorial, an A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project exhibition. Project volunteers, narrators, donors, and collaborators will read and perform creative pieces. Hear from co-curators Tomie Arai and Diane Wong, along with Taiyo Na, Thria Bernabe, Kristina Wong, Kai Williams, Issei Herr, Vivian Truong, Lena Sze, Mi Hyun Yoon, Amita Manghnani, Asian American Feminist Collective, Red Canary Song, and more. Performances and readings start at 5:00 p.m., the reception, with DJ YiuYiu 瑶瑶, begins at 6:30 p.m.
About the exhibition:
Archive as Memorial reflects A/P/A experiences at the intersection of several historic events—an ongoing global health crisis, a transnational Movement for Black Lives, and a surge in anti-Asian violence that has led us to national conversations about community safety and memorialization during a time of immense trauma. Included are recorded interviews, shared stories, and artifacts documenting the themes of mutual aid, community care, economic impacts, interracial solidarities, disability politics, and experimentations in mourning, both for our futures and our pasts. The exhibition is one of many lifeforms the A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project has taken over the span of three years.
Support for the exhibition was provided by the Asian Women Giving Circle, a donor advised fund of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Storefront for Ideas, and Immigrant Social Services, Inc.
About A/P/A Voices:
A/P/A Voices is a volunteer team of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural workers, oral historians, educators, caretakers, and activists who have worked collaboratively since lockdown in March of 2020 to document the COVID-19 pandemic and the myriad ways it has impacted Asian/Pacific/American communities in New York and beyond. The project was developed in partnership with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and the NYU Tamiment and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.
Photograph by Shalemar Coloma.