Sep 23 -
Sep 25 2011
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
San José, CA
Opening Reception: Sep 23 2011
A Body Parted: Shrapnel of Present Time / Esquirlas de tiempo presente is a interdisciplinary work that takes a multi-layered approach to immigration and border crossing by the Secos y Mojados artist collective: Victor Cartagena, Violeta Luna, David Molina, Antigone Trimis and Roberto Varea. Founded in 2007, Secos y Mojados is a San Francisco-based collective that focuses on exploring immigrant narratives through interdisciplinary performance. The collective derives its name from the effect that clandestine border crossings, particularly the most dangerous ones across deserts, rivers and seas, have on the body of the migrant. Presented at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose as a world premiere, A Body Parted is the second performance panel of the Secos collective’s Creative Capital-supported project, Border TRIP[tych]. The project aims to generate a ritual/visual narrative focused on a migrant’s journey as she leaves her home in Latin America and arrives in the U.S. searching for a better life. Continuing the work that began with the first panel (Buried In The Body of Remembrance), the TRIP[tych]’s second installment follows the difficult path of the woman as she migrates north, asking the audience to rethink prevalent stereotypical images of immigrants in our society.