Department of Anthropology

Fiamma Montezemolo: Borderline Ethnography

Mon, February 17, 2014 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Intermedia Workshop (with support from the Department of Anthropology, theCenter for Mexican American Studies, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies) presents:

Artist and Anthropologist Fiamma Montezemolo.  Fiamma will discuss her work as an ethnographer and as an artist working on the US-Mexico border.  On Sunday, February 16th, she will present her award winning experimental video Traces (along with two other works by Sergio de la Torre). On Monday, February 17th, Fiamma will deliver a lecture in the Department of Anthropology at UT Austin. All events are free and open to the public.

“Borderline Ethnography”

In her presentation, Fiamma Montezemolo will attempt to reflect on the trans-disciplinary and trans-methodological aspects of her work on the US-Mexico border.  She will discuss how her work straddles various registers of the ‘border’ concept and the multiple forms this work has taken over the years.  Montezemolo frames the border in geopolitical terms: with a particular emphasis on her fieldwork experience between Tijuana and San Diego; in cultural and metaphorical terms: with a specific focus on the different modes of representation in, alongside, and beyond the geopolitical border; in assemblage and montage terms, as an interplay of visual and discursive strategies in order to make sense of Tijuana, a city that has been hailed as the laboratory of post-modernity; in aesthetic and formal terms: through her academic writing, experimental ethnographies, and video-installations at the threshold between Art and Anthropology; and finally, in affective terms that explore the potentialities and the limits of the border as a complex structure of feeling.

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