“Saguaro” is a video work made during the period of social isolation due to the Covid-19 epidemic in the world by the artists Duna Dias and Socorro Dias based on the sensations and experiences lived between mother and daughter during this period of Quarantine. Saguaro is a cactus and represents strength and resistance during isolation and uncertainty. Together the two transform their questions into the artistic residence “Apartamento 15”. This is the first video developed at the residence and which arises from the following questions: What is possible in a meeting between two female artists during a quarantine? What if these two women are mother and daughter? What can isolation reveal as a potency in this encounter that is based on the affection, coexistence, memories and uncertainty of the future? The artists seek to dive into these questions through the relationship between body and camera.
Duna Dias (Belo Horizonte, MG) is an artist of cinema, dance and visual arts. She has been making films since 2016 in experimental languages, video dance and documentary. She has directed more than 15 films and video projects independently. As an artist and director, she has participated in exhibitions, festivals, artistic residencies and projects in several Brazilian states and abroad (England, Scotland, Argentina, Portugal, Israel, Poland, Germany, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, France, Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay, Turkey).
Professional dancer since the 1980s, Socorro Dias is a dance artist with a background in choreography, direction and costumes. Graduated in Civil Engineering (UFMG) and with a full degree in Mathematics, she combined her mathematical and constructive knowledge with dance in her creations and research. Founding member of Grupo Contemporâneo de Dança Livre acting as an artist, researcher and production assistant, Socorro Dias still has a vast curriculum as a dance teacher and works as a mathematics teacher in Basic Education. She has participated in festivals, contests, projects and residences in Brazil, England, Scotland, Argentina, Portugal, France, Belgium, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Peru.