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(Zurich, 1955)

Ursula Biemann

Educated in New York and now based in Zurich, she is an artist, theorist and curator who has in recent years produced a considerable body of work on migration, mobility, technology and gender. In a series of internationally-exhibited video projects, as well as in several books (Been There and Back to Nowhere, 2000, Geography and the Politics of Mobility, 2003, Stuff It - The Video Essay in the Digital Age, 2003, The Maghreb Connection, 2006), she has focused on the gendered dimension of migrant labour, from smuggling on the Spanish-Moroccan border to global sex workers. Insisting that location is spatially produced rather than pre-determined by governance, she made space and mobility her prime category of analysis in the curatorial project Geography and the Politics of Mobility (2003) in Vienna, the recent art research projects Black Sea Files on the Caspian oil politics at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2005), or Agadez Chronicle on Saharian mobility, Cairo/CAC Geneva (2006-07). Biemann’s practice has long included discussions with academics and other practitioners. She has worked with anthropologists, cultural theorists, NGO members, architects, as well as scholars of aural and sonic culture. She researches at the Institute for Theory of Art and Design at HGKZ, Zurich, lectures at the CCC programme of ESBA, Geneva, and teaches seminars and workshops internationally. She maintains a website at www.geobodies.org

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