PA'L NORTE, 2023
curated by Timothy Brown
PA’L NORTE is the latest iteration of Corona’s ongoing project Climate Immigrants (2017-present) a series that problematizes notions around both immigration and climate change to highlight one of the most pressing issues of our time: environmental displacement in relationship to U.S.-centric xenophobia. Implicating ideas of land, borders, and environmental racism in the face of a global reshuffle.
In the gallery we are confronted with a series of large scale fiber vignettes that each picture a single isolated character journeying from a land untold. The roaming monochrome figures are obfuscated by body suits and headdresses that hide their identities from the viewer, echoing how dehumanization is weaponized in society to excuse the mistreatment of others. The prints on fabric, constructed from digitally altered performances-for-the-camera, are rendered full of hope as bodies of color thrusting forward despite the unknown.