The act of performing the border explores the idea of borders being patriarchal in their colonial construction and political usage. The performance ‘Our Bodies Their Borders’ explores the border between Derry in Northern Ireland and Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and its impact on women and took place on a small border road in November 2021. Looking out from the road, one can see the River Foyle in Derry and from the opposite direction ' An Grianán of Aileach' the 5th century ring-fort and ancient seat of kings in Inishowen Co Donegal. It is part memory and part an acknowledgement of everyday life along the border, where the body acts as border. It interrogates the daily act of crossing and ‘breaking’ the border.
Our Bodies Their Borders was exhibited in GOMA Gallery of Modern Art Waterford in January and February 2022 as part of 'Breaking Borders' curated by Valeria Ceregini entitled Breaking Borders.
Film and photography by Jacqui Devenney Reed Kind Permission on soundtrack by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh Supported by Donegal County Council
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