In a Year of Zoom Memorials, Art Exhibit Makes Space for Grief

In a Year of Zoom Memorials, Art Exhibit Makes Space for Grief

Tami Roncskevitz has attended two Zoom memorials for her daughter, Sarah, a 32-year-old emergency room social worker who died of COVID-19 on May 30. Honolulu artist Taiji Terasaki is stepping into that breach with a project to commemorate fallen health care workers. At the beginning of the pandemic, Terasaki passed his lockdown time cutting photographs and weaving them back together to create pixelated, screen-like images of people who had helped others during the pandemic. It’s these health care workers who are out there risking their lives,” said Terasaki. Even before the pandemic, Terasaki felt that American culture weakly commemorated its dead.

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