The latest work from video artist, Ursula Biemann, this film explores the sex business where women are sold within or beyond the borders of their countries. Using satellite images from NASA, latitude and longitude figures and tracking devices, this film uniquely places indicators at areas where the women are dislocated or displaced. Like her earlier works, Biemann introduces a video activism that sets itself apart from the traditional format of exposing social absurdities. Virtual reality, images from satellite photos, and digital matrix code are combined with New Age scores to create an audio-visual image that shakes the senses and represents the temporal and spatial sphere of all contemporary women.
The encounter with the abstract and experimental works of video art, perhaps considered the most actual of all media, creates an extraordinary experience for the senses. At the same time, this film exposes the reality of women who no longer tend the home, but roam the world like ghosts as pawns of the sex trade. (Kim Sun-ah)
Ursula BiemannUrsula Biemann
Studied art and critical theory in Mexico and at the School of Visual Arts and the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Her art and curatorial work focuses on gender relations in economy, media and the urban space and on re-articulating postcolonial work relations and visual representations. Recent activities include collaborative art projects and publications with migrant women in Switzerland and Kultur, a two-year project on gender and urban politics in Istanbul. She has been involved since 1988 in work on the US-Mexico border and she produced a video essay Performing the Border in 1999 and is currently working on a book on postcolonial art practice.