"Representing Violence on Mexico's Northern Border: Film, Photography and Performance."
Dr. Kirsten Nigro
Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Texas, El Paso
This talk concerns the issue of the "almost unspeakable" violence on the border and how to represent it artistically. While Dr. Nigro's work focuses on Mexican theatre, she is more convinced that theatre is not the most suited medium for this representation (or at least the theatre in Mexico that deals with it). The combination of performative rallys and protests, installation art, along with photographs of dead or missing victims has had a greater impact than any play has Given that she lives next door to what has become the most violent city in the world, Dr. Nigro is also struggling with the tension between the conceptual and the very "real."