Transformer Co-Presents Hoesy Corona’s Climate Immigrants at Superfine! Art Fair

Overview

Climate Immigrants (2016-present) is a multimedia installation and performance by artist Hoesy Corona that considers the impending plight of climate-induced global migration and its effects on people of color. The performers wear “climate-ponchos,” which feature vinyl cutout silhouettes that display a long-distance exodus of displaced communities of people. The interactive objects are adorned with images that depict the archetypal “traveler,” the subjects are portrayed while in unilateral transition, wearing backpacks and hats, carrying suitcases and holding children. The viewer witnesses the silent movements of anonymous persons in context with sound and video which conceptualizes the nuanced experience of migrant travel that is initiated by climate change and environmental injustice. 

About the Artist

Hoesy Corona (b. 1986 Guanajuato, Mexico) is an emerging and uncategorized queer Mexican artist living and working in the United States. His work is executed across various media while considering what it means to be a queer latinx immigrant in a place where there are few. His performances and installations oftentimes silently confront and delight viewers with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Reoccurring themes of queerness, race/class/gender, nature, isolation, and celebration are present throughout his work.

He lived in Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin, before moving to Baltimore, MD in 2005 to establish a professional practice in the arts. He is a recent Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow 2017-2018 in Washington, DC and is a current George Kaiser Family Foundation Tulsa Artist Fellow in Tulsa, OK. He splits his time between Baltimore and Tulsa.