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“The Wandering House” Capstone Presentation & Discussion with Cecilia Cornejo

  • February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • St. Mane Theatre + Google Map

Join artist in residence and Northfield filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo for Presentation and Discussion for The Wandering House, a documentary project exploring notions of home and belonging, at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. This event will serve as the capstone to an artist residency began in September 2019 in which Cecilia brought The Wandering House, an ice-fishing house retrofitted as an audio recording studio, to different places throughout Lanesboro in order to collect stories and testimonies from local residents.

Cecilia’s work is known for placing community members at the center of the creative process, engaging them as active participants, co-creators of meaning, and architects of their representation. During the event community members will have the opportunity to listen to and discuss the project’s findings and collectively decide how to best use and share the material.

Northfield filmmaker Cecilia Cornejo is interested in exploring notions of home and belonging in collaboration with the Lanesboro community through The Wandering House, an ice-fishing house she retrofitted as a mobile audio-recording studio, as an artist in residence at Lanesboro Arts September 16 – October 7, 2019 and February 1 – 8, 2020. As an immigrant woman of color who has lived in the Midwest for the past twenty years, Cecilia invites community members to record their oral testimonies as they reflect on the significance of home, a concept that some of us may take for granted but is in flux for displaced communities around the globe. The Wandering House is designed to encourage curiosity and reflection, engaging participants in the production of collective knowledge and mutual understanding, while amplifying more nuanced narratives of rural life.

For more on Cecilia’s residency in Lanesboro, visit: lanesboroarts.org/cecilia-cornejo.

Cecilia Cornejo is a Chilean-born documentary filmmaker, artist, and teacher based in Northfield, Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from The University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts in Film, Video, and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With ties to both the American Midwest and the central coast of Chile, Cecilia’s work explores notions of displacement and belonging and is rooted in the experience of living in-between cultures. She uses a range of approaches and production methodologies—from the very personal and essayistic to the expansive and collaborative—to create works that move fluidly from the local to the global, and from the intimate to the openly political. Cecilia is invested in developing methods of collaboration with the people who take part in her work by transforming documentary subjects into active participants, co-creators of meaning, and architects of their representation. She teaches in the Cinema and Media Studies Department at Carleton College.

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