Tell Me When You Die Trilogy

Doors: 19:30 / Start time: 20:30
Location: Spektrum Berlin
Entrance: 4-7 €
15 July, 2017

XenoEntities Network (XEN) has the pleasure to present the work of Nadia Granados (Colombia/Mexico) and Amber Bemak (United States). Their work explores how geopolitical mechanisms of power, such as imperialism and globalization, mediate relationships and intimacy, bodies, and sexual encounters through their own relationship as two female lovers. Using video and performance, Amber and Nadia denounce the topographies of violence drawn by national and bureaucratic borders, exposing how these spatial operations are testified by their gendered and sexualized bodies.

The screening will comprise the first two parts of the trilogy Tell Me When You Die, while the third part is still in the making. The first part explores the juxtapositions between physical limitations and freedom in both political and corporal contexts. It is about walking until you disappear into space. Being swallowed by sea, sky, or earth and the claustrophobia and intimacy of being surrounded by nature. We consider penetration as a cinematic rhythm, and experiment/perform being penetrated by air, water, fingers, and text. Thinking about porn as a genre which can be empowering or degrading in its engagement with women and their bodies, we use our own bodies to picture these extremes. At times our bodies are performing power and at times they are not. We also utilize our bodies in a satirical sense to experiment with presentations of gender in relation to each other and our surroundings.

Borderhole #2 takes place on a mythical border area between Colombia and the United States. The work investigates the relationship between North and South America through the lens of the “American Dream” and the illumination of multiple tensions in and around the border. The piece explores imperialism, globalization through pop music, selfies, the gender mutant in an international context, and the choreography of women’s bodies in relation to sociopolitical and ecosystems. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the artists.

Amber Bemak teaches filmmaking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Her creative practice is based in experimental and documentary film, and multi media performance art. Her work focuses on themes of Buddhist culture, performative explorations of the body in relation to greater political systems, and cross-cultural encounters in the context of globalization. Her feature and short films have played in numerous festivals internationally, and have been seen at venues including the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Sculpture Center, and the Tamayo Museum. She has taught film theory and practice in India, Nepal, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States. 

Nadia Granados is originally from Colombia, and currently based in Mexico City. Her work explores the relationships between traditional pornography and violence and is both performative and technological, art and activism, and a mix of cabaret, intervention, and streaming video. In all of her work, she uses her body to detonate, opening up new pathways of action and shifting consciences. Among the many awards she has received are the Franklin Furnace Fund, the 3rd Visual Arts Biennial Bogotá Prize, and the FONCA award for Colombia-Mexico artist residencies. Her work has been presented in Canadá, Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Ecuador, Argentina, Perú, the United States, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, and Colombia.

Curated by Rita Macedo and Pedro Marum.