Emilio Rojas performs A VAGUE AND UNDETERMINED PLACE (A GLORIA)
Boylston Place Courtyard
September 23, 2022, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This performance and installation examines what artist Emilio Rojas terms “border pedagogies,” or teaching opportunities to question and reimagine national borders. Rojas will be inviting participants to draw the U.S.-Mexican border on transparent paper, which he then layers and projects on a light box to reveal its variations in the imagination.
While the border has become an increasingly urgent topic for national immigration, ecological, and human rights legislation, people can rarely recall the shape of the border—its curves, twists, and turns. It is as Gloria E. Anzaldúa theorized, a “vague and undetermined place.” In exchange for their drawings, he will offer visitors a paleta, or a Mexican popsicle, made with fruit that crosses this border, reminding us of the immense personal, political, and economic complexities embedded within borderlands.