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CWF grantee Sofia Córdova has collaborated with the Chinese Culture Center to create dawn_chorus iii: the fruit they don’t have here (learn more here). The experimental video work 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. Over the course of two years, Córdova collaborated with each woman to craft a retelling of their journeys from China, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and more. The process eschewed traditional documentary methods, intermingling fact with fantastical devices to break away from linear narratives on migration. Driven by each woman’s spoken languages, visual vocabularies, and desires towards freedom, you are invited you to experience a chorus of their collective agencies.

The event will be hybrid outdoors/indoor with light refreshments. Masks required with proof of vaccination. RSVP via Eventbrite.

dawn_chorusiii will be on view December 3, 2021 to January 29, 2022 at 41 Ross, a neighborhood art space that brings together local residents, neighbors, and visitors to engage in art and culture-making activities. The collaborators write that “Premiering this work in the heart of Chinatown is an important element of the work. As one of America’s oldest neighborhoods, Chinatown has served as a sanctuary for generations of immigrants, making it a relevant and site-specific venue for the project.”