This video clip is an abbreviated version of the 25 minute piece “Tumble Dreams” by Guillermo Bert, with technical execution by Marilee Spencer. The installation was part of the COLA 2018 City of Los Angeles Exhibition.
The following description is a passage taken from the exhibition catalog, written by Tressa Berman, PhD.:
"Expanding into new forms and interviews here, Bert and his collaborators trace the migratory routes of Zapotec and Mayan diaspora coming to Los Angeles to realize the American Dream. Stories lie at the center of Bert's work. Tumble Dreams combines the elegance of natural objects (tumbleweeds) with oral histories “embedded” in the casing of the tumbleweed itself. Through projected interviews, we learn about endurance and hope, about torn families subjected to the dangers of the journey. The stories of uprootedness and tenacity that these works capture tell tales of transmigratory routes we rarely hear or see. Bert's aesthetic choices illuminate the faith in the dream that lives inside the minds and hearts of “tumbleweed” dreamers. Tumble Dreams gives purpose to their seemingly aimless tossings, but also fills its hollow core with the storied promise of a new future and the longing for home."