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A Touch Could Be The Spark, How Will I Recognize You? (Braid & Huddle, Billboard)

About the Exhibition


Aug 1, 2022 – Aug 30, 2023


SMFA at Tufts Exterior Billboard

Sofía Córdova is a conceptual interdisciplinary artist—born in Puerto Rico and based in Oakland, California—whose work considers the merging of science fiction and reality alongside climate change, migration, and political revolution. This billboard is related to the installation GUILLOTINÆWannaCry Act Green: Sauvage, Savage, Salvaje, a body of work that suggests a near-future where making revolution is contextualized within global uprisings, the destabilization of governance, and climate-crisis events that scramble technological systems worldwide. Pictured here is the artist, alongside dancer-collaborators Rashaun Mitchell and Meg Jala, enacting banal gestures of touch staged in a pixelated wilderness environment, sharing an intimate or fleeting relationship of recognition, all at a mediated distance from the viewer. The billboard is an element in the larger project, Sauvage, Savage, Salvaje, which builds upon the histories of Cimarrónes and Indigenous peoples organizing in fugitivity across the Caribbean and the Americas, as well as ambivalence towards collectivity and political agency in the present tense.

This public artwork is part of Sofía Córdova’s solo exhibition Backed Up Into Dawn, on view at Tufts University Art Galleries at SMFA at Tufts, August 30–October 23, 2022.