A talk by Fiamma Montezemolo
in SS&H 1246
Tracing Lines is a trans-disciplinary and inter-medial reflection on the concept of the US-Mexico border that is framed and reframed. Montezemolo’s talk will examine the geopolitical framing of the border — with a particular emphasis on her fieldwork experience between Tijuana and San Diego — the cultural and metaphorical enframing and the aestheticization of the border. She looks at the US-Mexican Border as an assemblage and montage that create 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.
Fiamma Montezemolo is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D., University Orientale of Naples) and an artist (MFA, San Francisco Art Institute). She has taught for many years in Mexico, Italy and the US, and she is currently teaching at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. She is the author of two monographs on Zapatismo and Chicano/a politics of representation, as well as co-author (with Rene’ Peralta and Heriberto Yepez) of Here is Tijuana(Blackdog Publishing, 2006) and co-editor (with Josh Kun) of Tijuana Dreaming, Life and Art at the Global border (Duke Press, 2012). As an artist she works with various media, including video, installation, and performance. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.