Performing the Border

On Gender, Transnational Bodies, and Technology
  • Ursula Biemann


My video essay Performing the Border opens with a shot from inside a car moving through the Mexican desert near Ciudad Juárez. In the off, Bertha Jottar comments: “You need the crossing of bodies for the border to become real, otherwise you just have this discursive construction. There is nothing natural about the border; it’s a highly constructed place that gets reproduced through the crossing of people, because without the crossing there is no border, right? It’s just an imaginary line, a river or it’s just a wall.”2

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Still from Performing the Border by Ursula Biemann, video essay, 43 min, 1999. Photograph courtesy of the artist.


Sexual Violence Female Body Female Worker Industrial Park Serial Killer 
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  • Ursula Biemann

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