PART III:DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence / Sueños y Ausencias | Secos y Mojados

PART III:DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence / Sueños y Ausencias

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DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence – The final step in this (trip)tych, represents the biggest challenge for us. In conversations and through improvisations, Violeta, David and Roberto have been mapping a structure much like a house made up of glass and mirrors. This is our reality as trans-national artists, and immigrant members of this city, San Francisco, that is being radically, perhaps traumatically, transformed by our local government policies, who welcome with open arms a different kind of immigrant: the young, affluent, tech worker, and de facto forsakes those more vulnerable, often immigrants, the elderly, people of color who rent their homes, and find themselves gentrified out of homes, neighborhood and city. Against this backdrop, our immigrant character will face an ever more challenging redefinition of self, place, home and webs of affinity and affect.

Our goal is to present DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence at Galería de la Raza in the Mission district of San Francisco, a kind of “ground zero,” and main target for the agents of gentrification, in the shape of enormous tech buses, Ellis Act evictions and a skyrocketing cost of living. As the street is where the drama unfolds, we want to take our work there: include local people in the performance and local businesses as non-traditional performance sites. Our hope is that these community settings can be places where the work can be a springboard for dialogue and the construction of memory and inclusion.

Related projects
PART I: Buried in the Body of Remembrance / Enterrada en el cuerpo del recuerdo

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.

PART II: A Body Parted: Shrapnel of Present Time / Un cuerpo partido: Esquirlas de tiempo presente

Our main character challenges, reaffirms or struggles to ground herself in a territory quite different from the official cartography.

PART III:DREAM/Sueños – AUSENCI/Absence / Sueños y Ausencias

Our immigrant character will face an ever more challenging redefinition of self, place, home and webs of affinity and affect.

About us
We are Secos y Mojados, a San Francisco based collective focusing our work on immigrant narratives and the exploration of interdisciplinary performance. Our name evokes the effect that clandestine border crossings, through deserts, rivers and sea, have on the body of the migrant.