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Tufts University Art Galleries: Sofía Córdova: Backed Up Into Dawn: Exhibition

Fall 2022 Exhibition: August 30 - October 23, 2022, 230 Fenway, Boston, MA

Sofía Córdova, dawn_chorusi: LAPREKUELA, 2016-2021. Video, color, original sound composition. Courtesy of the artist

Sofía Córdova, dawn_chorusi: LAPREKUELA, 2016-2021. Video, color, original sound composition. Courtesy of the artist

Puerto Rican-born, Oakland-based conceptual interdisciplinary artist Sofía Córdova works with performance, music, video, photography, sculpture and installation. Presenting an extensive body of work that highlights Cordova’s engagements with climate capitalism and its entanglement with colonial erasure, this solo exhibition includes a newly commissioned installation GUILLOTINÆ WannaCry Act Green: Sauvage, Savage, Salvaje and video works from Córdova’s series SIN AGUA (presented together for the first time) and dawn_chorus

Sofía Córdova makes work that considers science-fiction 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. She is one half of the music duo, XUXA SANTAMARIA and has exhibited and performed at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Arizona State University Museum, the Vincent Price Museum, Art Hub in Shanghai, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center, and the MEWO Kunsthalle in Germany. Córdova’s work is in the permanent collections of the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco, CA/ Paris, FR and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA. Her work was most recently featured in the Winter 2021 issue of Aperture Magazine which celebrates the dynamic visions of Latinx photography throughout the United States.

Key Questions/Questions for Self-Guided Exploration:

How can art inspire tangible, political change?

How can science fiction and speculative fiction be applied as tools that model alternative, revolutionary futures?

How can histories of black and indigenous-led resistance and revolution inform the modern public’s political aspirations and actions?