Ursula Biemann. Europlex. Border Zones

Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Roma

Curated by Claudia Zanfi - Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Roma, Italy, 15 June – 6 July 2006
Ursuka Biemann, one of the most known Swiss researcher and videoartist, presented at Fondazione Olivetti in Rome the “on going project” Europlex, promoted by aMAZE cultural lab.
It is a project on such themes as borders, their mobility and variety, started by Ursula Bieman with visual antropologist Angela Sanders. It’s a work with videos and maps, which looks at the Spanish Moroccan borderlands. What we can call the border there is not a linear formation. It encompasses the Strait of Gibraltar with all its transversal traffic, the two Spanish Enclaves on the Moroccan side and the plastic covered vegetable plantations in Andaldusia powered by an African labor force.
Until recently, Málaga and Almería did not see themselves as borders; nowadays, the whole of Spain’s southern coastline has to uphold the country’s European identity, however this is formulated. The simplest form is still, as ever, exclusion. Europe defines itself by its outermost edge.