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Borders and the Barrier of the Skin

A key contradiction of globalization is its facilitation of the movement of goods while the movement of people is increasingly restricted. Furthering this tendency, biometric technologies have expanded the traditional notion of the border, regulating the circulation of gendered, racialized, and classed bodies.

Departing from the idea of the body as a physical and abstract concept to address processes of circulation and control, writer, curator, and philosopher Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz examines the institution of the skin in Western thought. As the material yet permeable boundary between the inside and the outside of the body with protective and regulatory functions, the skin becomes the frontier between self and other and takes on economic, juridical and political consequences. Philosopher Achille Mbembe suggests that borderization, the process of transformation of certain spaces to uncrossable territories for some people in the name of security, is the organized violence that characterizes the contemporary world order and leads to a segmented planet that operates at multiple speeds.

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Léllé Demertzi

Stavros Niarchos 12-Month Intern, International Program MoMA Léllé Demertzi joined the International Program in September 2019. Léllé graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2017.... Read more »
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Sarah Lookofsky

Associate Director, International Program The Museum of Modern Art Sarah Lookofsky joined the The Museum of Modern Art in March 2014. Prior to working at MoMA, she was a faculty member and the instructor for curatorial studies at the... Read more »
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Borders and the Barrier of the Skin

A key contradiction of globalization is its facilitation of the movement of goods while the movement of people is increasingly restricted. Furthering this tendency, biometric technologies have expanded the traditional notion of the border, regulating the circulation of gendered, racialized, and classed bodies.

Departing from the idea of the body as a physical and abstract concept to address processes of circulation and control, writer, curator, and philosopher Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz examines the institution of the skin in Western thought. As the material yet permeable boundary between the inside and the outside of the body with protective and regulatory functions, the skin becomes the frontier between self and other and takes on economic, juridical and political consequences. Philosopher Achille Mbembe suggests that borderization, the process of transformation of certain spaces to uncrossable territories for some people in the name of security, is the organized violence that characterizes the contemporary world order and leads to a segmented planet that operates at multiple...

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A key contradiction of globalization is its facilitation of the movement of goods while the movement of people is increasingly restricted. Furthering this tendency, biometric technologies have expanded the traditional notion of the border, regulating the circulation of gendered, racialized, and classed bodies.

Departing from the idea of the body as a physical and abstract concept to address processes of circulation and control, writer, curator, and philosopher Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz examines the institution of the skin in Western thought. As the material yet permeable boundary between the inside and the outside of the body with protective and regulatory functions, the skin becomes the frontier between self and other and takes on economic, juridical and political consequences. Philosopher Achille Mbembe suggests that borderization, the process of transformation of certain spaces to uncrossable territories for some people in the name of security, is the organized violence that characterizes the contemporary world order and leads to a segmented planet that operates at multiple speeds.

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Borders, Dialogue. Introduction by Iberia Pérez González

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Borders, Dialogue. Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Borders, Dialogue. Achille Mbembe

The Multiplication of Perspectives: Borders, Dialogue. Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz and Achille Mbembe

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This Seminar is part of: Multiplying Perspectives, in Practice