Imagined Communities in a Global World: The U.S.-Mexico Borderland
In our global world there are “contact zones” between nations, cultures and regions, contact zones that have become more complex with modern technology and transportation. Contemporary borders challenge the traditional notion of a nation-centered “imagined community”. And they challenge it not only in terms of political identity, but also in regard to the imagination and fictionalization of the real. The conflict between the national and the transnational, legal and illegal practices are more present than ever. In the imagined communities of our global world there is still a strong notion of a political and cultural center, and every subject that represents an exception to it is considered ambiguous, dangerous, condemned to the margins or exile. International art expositions and festivals reflect this situation. The event In Site, which has taken place since 1992 at Tijuana, in the U.S.-Mexico boderland is a good example of this. The different ways in which artists, writers and filmmakers represent this borderland is an occasion to reflect upon and challenge the notion of borders, transnational and cultural practices, and the “imagined communities” of globalization.
Keywords: Globalization and Borders, US-Mexico Boderland, In Site
Dr. Victor Carreno
Professor, Facultad Experimental de Arte, Universidad del Zulia