Sofia Aldinio

Visual Journalist & Multimedia Storyteller
   
Until We Are Gone - Baja California
Location: Baja California, Mexico
Nationality: Argentine
Biography: Sofia Aldinio is an Argentine-American documentary photographer and multimedia storyteller. She is currently based in Portland, Maine. Her work uses collaborative practices to tell stories about home, immigration, climate change, and preserving... MORE
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Until We Are Gone - Baja California
Copyright Sofia Aldinio 2022
Date of Work Dec 2020 - Ongoing
Updated Mar 2022
Topics Climate Change, Culture stories, Mixed Medium, Photography, Spotlight
Summary
Until We Are Gone documents the impact of climate change on three communities in Bajas California struggling to survive, and how the changes have presented in their lifetimes. The series will probe the haunting question of what happens to future generations when collective cultural memory is erased, and asks what critical lessons we can learn about perseverance, sustainability and adaptation from these communities as mankind braces itself for more extreme conditions across our planet.
Across the Northern Baja Sur Region of Mexico, extreme drought has caused the depletion of water, essential vegetation, medicinal herbs, and wildlife, collectively pushing traditional subsistence communities and their heritage of living off the land to the brink of survival. The starkest example of this is in San Jose de Gracia, a 200 year old, once thriving canyon community of multi-generational families, where now only 21 people remain. This project highlights the uncertainty these communities face as possibly the last keepers of their cultural heritage as climate change upends their way of life and pushes the younger generations out in search of sustainable livelihoods.

Prevailing climate change conversations focus on extreme weather disasters, economics, and the politics of migration. What is missing from that dialogue is the steady erosion of cultures that were shaped by living off of the grid and directly off of the land for hundreds of years. This project will present new research on the impacts of climate change on three communities struggling to survive, and how the changes have presented in their lifetimes. Until We Are Gone will probe the haunting question of what happens to future generations when collective cultural memory is erased, and asks what critical lessons we can learn about perseverance, sustainability and adaptation from these communities as mankind braces itself for more extreme conditions across our planet.

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