Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Ursula Biemann

Performing the Border

Performing the Border

Ursula Biemann. Performing the Border, 1999.

A video essay set in the Mexican-US border town of Ciudad Juarez, where the U.S. industries assemble their electronic and digital equipment, located right across from El Paso, Texas. "Performing the Border" looks at the border as both a discursive and a material space constituted through the performance and management of gender relations. The video discusses the sexualization of the border region through labor division, prostitution, the expression of female desires in the entertainment industry, and sexual violence in the public sphere. Interviews, scripted voice over, quoted text on the screen, scenes and sounds recorded on site, as well as found footage are combined to give an insight into the gendered conditions inscribed in the border region.


electronic industry, labor, transnationalism, performativity, sex work, borders, Mexico, video, violence, Ciudad Juarez, prostitution

Performing the BorderRemote SensingEuroplexWriting DesireBlack Sea FilesURSULA BIEMANN MISSION REPORTS Artistic Practice in the Field Video Works 1998-2008

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