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Sofía Córdova

Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sofía Córdova received her BFA from St. John’s University in Queens, NY in 2006, and her MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010. She also completed the one year certificate program at the International Center for Photography in New York in 2006.

Though Sofía Córdova began her career as a photographer, her work has expanded to include performance, video, and installation. Currently, Córdova is working on an ambitious hybrid media project exploring diaspora and (not) belonging. Combining video, performance, sculpture, video games, music and sci-fi, this new body of work specifically describes our planet 1000 years in future where a slow but drastic shift in the conditions on earth challenges the remaining human population. Melding traditional JRPG narratives with the structure of telenovelas, the episodic video performance, Echoes of a Tumbling Throne (Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos), describes what life in Córdova's future is like character by character. Each character is then the subject of oversized silk banners, S I G I L O S , which she conceives of as recalling medieval house sigils as crossbred with classic video game character illustrations in which the character and their accouterment is described as is the characters' native region. The performance is then scored with original music which ties in familiar pop melodies and tropes while the instrumentation draws inspiration from the likes of Nobuo Uematsu's lush scores which were a large part of Córdova's childhood.

She has performed at SFMOMA, SomArts and Galeria De La Raza among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, AMOA/Art House, Southern Exposure, Queen’s Nails, The International Center of Photography as well as other venues internationally. She was awarded the 2014-2015 Kala Fellowship and her work is part of Pier 24’s permanent collection.

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Friday, October 23

3:00pm PDT