Performing the Border
Switzerland/Mexico | 1999 | 42 minutes | Color | DVD | Subtitled | Order No. 00644
"[This] video skillfully captures processes of exploitation in its gendered, sexualized, and racialized forms, together with a sophisticated epistemological interrogation about how knowledge of the "border" is produced, performed, and materialized."
"...both a criticism of pancapitalism and an attempt in a discursive way to establish what the possibilities are for individual female lives in this cyborg world of labour."
"To see this film is to see an outrageous scandal that has been swept aside; fortunately, now it is kept alive in this intriguing documentary."
"A provocative plea against the silent blindness to women's plight in a Mexican border town shaped by trans-national manufacturers. Biemann uses the camera as a a beam of light to illuminate tacit injustice."
"A compelling documentary...beautifully weaves the voices of activists, intellectuals, and workers."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Biennale of the Image in Movement, St. Gervais, Geneva, Palmeres Award
- Govett-Brester Art Gallery, New Zealand
- Women in the Director's Chair Film and Video Festival
- Documentary Video and Film Festival, Kassel
- Werkleitz Festival, Netherlands
- InSITE and L.A. Freewaves, Los Angeles
- Manifesta 3, European Biennial of Contemporary Art
- Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
- Films de Femmes, Créteil
More recently she turned to ecology, oil and water with major art projects including Black Sea Files (2005), Egyptian Chemistry (2012) and Deep Weather (2013). Her video installations are exhibited worldwide in museums and the International Art Biennials of Liverpool, Sharjah, Shanghai, Thessaloniki, Sevilla, Istanbul, and Venice.
Her research is based at the Zurich University for the Arts and she is publisher of several books, e.g. "Stuff it" the Video Essay in the Digital Age (2003), Mission Reports - Artistic Practice in the Field (2008). She is currently working on a new piece on the Ecuadorian Amazon, commissioned by Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
Biemann has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York (1988). She received a doctor honoris causa in Humanities by the Swedish University Umea and the Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. (03/19)