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dawn_chorusiii: the fruit they don’t have here | 破曉歌聲 iii: 這裏沒有的水果 | coro_del_alba iii: la fruta que no tienen aquí
December 3, 2021 - January 29, 2022Free
Presented by CCC and artist Sofía Córdova, dawn_chorusiii: the fruit they don’t have here is an experimental video work that foregrounds the stories of six Bay Area women who journeyed to the United States as refugees, fleeing due to political and religious persecution, extreme poverty, and gender violence. Eschewing traditional documentary methods, the work intermingles fact and fictional devices to reveal the nuances and complexities of migration.
This project is the culmination of a two year-long, community-based storytelling process in which Córdova and CCC worked closely with community-based organizations such as Gum Moon Women’s Residence and El/La Para TransLatinas to identify women interested in sharing their stories and participating in an artistic collaboration. Prioritizing each woman’s voice and creative agency, Córdova collaborated with them individually to craft a retelling of their journeys from China, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and more. Through scripted lines over co-created collages, backdrops, animation, interviews and voicemails, and more, dawn_chorusiii weaves together each woman’s stories to both enhance and complicate their hard truths.
“This work is about the birds, rivers, trees, fruit, forests, apartment blocks, and the people and streets of six lives and the forces that lead one to leave the treasured and familiar behind. This work stresses that the future and the present and the past are never apart from one another and that borders and detention only serve those in power. These stories are told using WhatsApp audio recordings, phone interviews, and scripted lines. Sometimes over animation, sometimes over large backdrops painted by the interlocutor before them. Not all is told or told to conform with realism. There are holes and omissions in the telling of these stories, sometimes with pointed intention, sometimes without.” — Sofía Córdova