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Ursula Biemann

Ursula Biemann is an artist, theorist and curator who has in recent years produced a considerable body of work on migration, mobility, technology and gender. In a series of video projects that are widely exhibited internationally, as well as in several important books she has focused on the gendered dimension of migrant labor, from smuggling on the Spanish-Moroccan border to migrant sex workers moving from the East to the West. She has initiated various collaborative projects with women migrants. Her first video essay PERFORMING THE BORDER (1999) looks at the border as both a discursive and a material space of migration and globalization processes constituted through the performance and management of gender relations. This was followed by WRITING DESIRE (2000) on the "bride market" in cyberspace, REMOTE SENSING (2001), a topography of the global sex trade in the age of geographic information systems developing a visual language on the worldwide trafficking and migration of women; and Europlex (2003), an experimental ethnographic video created in collaboration with visual anthropologist Angela Sanders, on the Spanish-Moroccan borderlands making visible the obscure paths, both literal and figurative, taken by the back and forth movements around the border between the Spanish enclaves on the African continent.

Ursula Biemann studied first at the Bellas Artes in Mexico, then in New York at the School of Visual Arts (BFA, 1986), and the Whitney Independent Study Program (1988); she is based in Zurich. (8/14)

A film by Ursula Biemann and Angela Sanders, 2003, 20 min., Color

The fourth in Ursula Biemann's critically acclaimed series of video essays that investigates migration across borders, EUROPLEX, a collaboration with ...

Performing the Border
A film by Ursula Biemann, 1999, 42 min., Color

A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic and digital equipment j...

Remote Sensing
A film by Ursula Biemann, 2001, 53 min., Color

In Biemannís latest video, she traces the routes and reasons of women who travel across the globe for work in the sex industry. By using the latest i...

Writing Desire
A film by Ursula Biemann, 2000, 23 min., Color

"Ursula Biemannís WRITING DESIRE is a video essay on the new dream screen of the Internet and how it impacts on the global circulation of womenís bodi...

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