Sofía Córdova
dawn_chorusiii: the fruit they don’t have here
coro_del_albaiii: la fruta que no tienen aquí
破曉歌聲 iii: 這裏沒有的水果              
video, color, sound, 1: 14 TRT 2021

May 15
Pan Pacific Park, Outdoor Amphitheater  

dawn_chorusiii: the fruit they don’t have here interweaves the stories of six women whose migratory paths led them to the US and eventually to California. Drawing on the birds, rivers, forests, people, and streets left behind, the film presents each of the six lives and the forces that led them to leave the treasured and familiar behind. The stories are told using various mediums, including What’s App audio recordings, phone interviews, and scripted lines over animation or large painted backdrops created by the interlocutor before them. Not all is told or told to conform with realism. As with all stories, there are holes and omissions, some with pointed intention, others without.

This work concludes the 3 part dawn_chorus series. A docu-fantastical synthesis of personal narratives speaking to climate change; racialized, gender, and class-based violence(s); capitalism; technology; migration; empire and colony, and where they intersect through the lens of poetry - Julia de Burgos, The Kalevala, Clarice Lispector, Justo Betancourt, The Ghetto Brothers and other pop music - and the plurality of lived experiences on the face of our changing earth.

Sofía Córdova is a Puerto Rican artist based in Oakland California, whose practice encompasses performance, video, music and installation. Her works consider sci-fi as alternative history, dance music's liberatory dimensions, colonial contamination, climate change and migration, and most recently, revolution - historical and imagined - within the matrix of class, gender, race, late capitalism and its technologies. Córdova is one half of the experimental music duo XUXA SANTAMARIA. She has exhibited and performed at SFMOMA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Berkeley Art Museum; Arizona State University Museum; Art Hub in Shanghai; MEWO Kunsthalle in Germany; amongst others. Her work is currently on view as part of  Sonic Terrains in Latinx Art at the Vincent Price Museum, Los Angeles, CA, and will be presented as a solo exhibition and newly commissioned performance video work at Tufts University Galleries, Boston, MA, this fall.

This project was supported in part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.