PART II: A Body Parted: Shrapnel of Present Time / Un cuerpo partido: Esquirlas de tiempo presente
A Body Parted: Shrapnel of Present Time was first workshopped as part of Violeta’s residence in CounterPulse, a project that included video work by Mickey Tachibana, and community member and seamstress Maria Reyna Sanchez. We worked on the place where dreams meet reality, particularly related to home-building as that was central in Maria Reyna’s hopes for a better life for her and her family in the US. Against a backdrop of violent immigration raids and a reinvigorated immigrant rights’ movement, Maria Reyna’s sewing patterns blend with the California geography, and new maps are redrawn. Our main character challenges, reaffirms or struggles to ground herself in a territory quite different from the official cartography. This is the poetic locus, a sort of anchor made of balsa wood, where body, memory and identities are re-contextualized. We took this and other sources to develop the final incarnation of A Body Parted… which opened at MACLA in San Jose.
In part one, Buried in the Body of Remembrance, our immigrant, makes the difficult decision to leave her home, and faces the reality of parting.
Our main character challenges, reaffirms or struggles to ground herself in a territory quite different from the official cartography.
Our immigrant character will face an ever more challenging redefinition of self, place, home and webs of affinity and affect.